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Fellow Appointed as Human Capital Advocate


2018 Fellow Nozipho Mbanjwa has been appointed as a Human Capital Campaign Advocate by The World Bank and Global Citizen.  The news organisation The Education Support Forum made the announcement on their site in July.  The appointment by the World Bank and Global Citizen gives Nozipho the chance to amplify her passion for human capital development, something she has been an advocate for, particularly in Africa. 

Tthe World Bank's Human Capital Project seeks to help create the political space for national leaders to prioritize transformational human capital investments in their countries. 

The objective is rapid progress towards a world in which all children arrive in school well-nourished and ready to learn; can expect to attain real learning in the classroom; and are able to enter the job market as healthy, skilled, and productive adults.

In the announcement of her appointment, TESF said that Nozipho’s work has seen her travel across the globe moderating discussions among presidents, billionaires and Fortune 100 executives,
where she has been“helping smart people have simple conversations that make the world a better place”.  The work that she has done extends from global bodies like the World Bank, UN Women, the International Labor Organisation, and a range of blue-chip companies across the world.  The Human Capital Project will help countries tackle the worst barriers to human capital development, using a “whole of government” approach. Work has begun to support over 40 countries who have expressed keen interest and will extend to more countries in the coming months. In addition, a number of “Human Capital Champions”—world leaders, thought leaders, celebrities, and others—have signed on to advocate for investments in the next generation. Nozipho is one of them.

The appointment by the World Bank and Global Citizen has given her a chance to amplify her passion for human capital development.

Many African countries are faring badly on the Human Capital Index and this can be attributed to the high unemployment rate, poor access to knowledge and skills, and even poor healthcare which leads to stunted growth amongst many other barriers to productivity. Nozipho says she will be shining the spotlight on what can be done about improving human capital as part of her appointment.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

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