Maximizing Human Capital by Aligning Investments in Health and Education

Resource Type: Technical Brief
Authors: Linda Schultz, Laura Appleby, Lesley Drake
Published: September 2018

Resource Description: This paper identifies five key messages:

  • The scale of the contribution of human capital to national economic growth and stability has been significantly under-recognized;
  • Effective human capital development requires synergistic investment in health and education across the life course;
  • There are critical failures in the design of current approaches to investment in human capital;
    There is a strong evidence base on the most cost-effective ways to maximize human capital by investing strategically in both health and education; and
  • There are key actions that can be taken by both health and education programs during the first 8000 days of life to maximize the development of human capital.



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