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Where does South Africa rank based on the human capital the average child can expect to achieve?

First launched in 2018, the HCI measures the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to attain by age 18. It conveys the productivity of the next generation of workers compared to a benchmark of complete education and full health. 

A child born in South Africa today will be 43% as productive when she grows up as she could be if she enjoyed complete education and full health. This is higher than the average for the Sub-Saharan Africa region but lower than the average for upper-middle-income countries. Between 2010 and 2020, the HCI value for South Africa remained approximately the same at 0.43. 

Read about the limitations of the index here.


Related: FACT-CHECK: Okudzeto Ablakwa falsely claims Ghana was ranked last but one in World Bank HCI report

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