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Harnessing Technology to Build Human Capital in South Asia
South Asia is among the fastest growing regions globally, with a vast human capital potential. By 2030, it will be home to over a quarter of world’s working adults. Despite the potential, the region faces persistent human capital deficits—one out of every three children is stunted here, and four out 100 do not live beyond the age of five. There are added challenges including of low life expectancy, early deficits in learning, infectious disease burdens, and pervasive structural inequalities.
COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these vulnerabilities and reversed much of the recent gains in human development. For instance, in South Asia an estimated 5.5 million children are predicted to drop out of school due to COVID-related income losses. This is more than half of all global dropouts. With deep disruptions, the pandemic has shifted focus on digitalization and use of converging technologies for delivering health, education, social protection services, and on building future pandemic and climate resilience. Converging technologies refer to a synergy of biosciences, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence, powered by big data and high-speed computing.
The ongoing tech-revolution offers tremendous opportunities, but also exposes striking digital inequality. South Asia has the largest number of people without internet access—nearly a billion out of the global total of 3.2 billion. Given the contrasts, technologies can deepen inequalities, exclusion, and loss of livelihoods. Proactive steps need to be taken to ensure that technology adoption is guided by principles of human centricity, inclusion, and trust.
Our 7th #OneSouthAsia Conversation will focus on these potentials and challenges of leveraging technologies to build human capital and help South Asia manage risks and shocks: how can it overcome regional barriers, promote cross-country collaboration to support recovery from COVID and other shocks, and build human capital and adaptable resilience in the region. This conversation builds on our World Bank publication, The Converging Technology Revolution and Human Capital: Potential and Implications for South Asia, which examines how technologies can accelerate human capital development, with a focus on improving service delivery, building adaptability and resilience, and promoting inclusion.
- Mamta Murthi, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank
- Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change, India
- Rabi Karmacharya, Executive Director, OLE Nepal
- Dr. Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry, Pakistan
- Dr. Khondaker A. Mamun, Founder and CEO, CMED Health, Bangladesh
- Moderator: Cecile Fruman, Director, Regional Integration and Engagement, South Asia Region
Join us for the live conversation on September 16th
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- The Converging Technology Revolution and Human Capital: Potential and Implications for South Asia
- Empowering South Asia with Converging Technologies
- South Asia Economic Focus: South Asia Vaccinates
- Unleashing the South Asian Century Through Human Capital for All
- The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19
- Unlocking and Safeguarding Human Potential Across South Asia
- South Asia’s Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse
- Protecting and Investing in South Asia’s People is More Important Now than Ever
- Human Capital Project
- #OneSouthAsia Conversations
- World Bank & South Asia
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