Where does South Africa rank based on the human capital the average child can expect to achieve?
The World Bank’s 2018 human capital index ranks the country 126th out of 157 economies. The index measures “the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to attain by age 18” and expresses this as a value between zero and one.
South Africa scored 0.41. “An economy in which the average worker achieves both full health and full education potential will score a value of 1 on the index,” says the 2019 World Development Report. “The index is designed to highlight how improvements in the current education and health outcomes shape the productivity of the next generation of workers.”
Read about the limitations of the index here.