Education and the Development of Human Capital: Outcomes for Development and Governance
The 2013 African Economic Outlook Report observed that the African continent has experienced steady growth over the past decade, while much of the developed world still struggles to recover from economic crisis. This growth has improved the lives of many citizens. At the same time, however, income inequality is widening, and health and education are deteriorating in many parts of Africa. Changing the dynamic so that growth translates into improved living standards will require consistent investment in education, infrastructure development, institution building, and good governance.
The role of education in reducing poverty, increasing economic competitiveness, and providing peace and stability cannot be overemphasized. This seminar series will look at how education—the development of skills and human capital for both men and women— might improve outcomes for governance and development in Africa.