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HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENT IS A CONTINUOUS PROPOSITION: A STUDY OF NORTH EAST AFRICAN STATES

Kefela, Ghirmai and Rena, Ravinder (2007): HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENT IS A CONTINUOUS PROPOSITION: A STUDY OF NORTH EAST AFRICAN STATES. Published in: Indus Journal of Management & Social Sciences , Vol. 2, No. 1 (February 2008): pp. 54-70.

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Abstract

Human development is the beginning of economic growth. The main purpose of wealth should be to enrich people’s lives, to broaden people’s choices and to enable every citizen, every child, every woman and every man to reach her or his full potential. Yet, as the experience of many countries has shown, economic growth does not automatically translate into human development. Human capital refers to the stock of productive skills and technical knowledge embodied in country’s population. A well-educated, innovative and skilled population is the foundation as well as the goal of development. It is also the surest way to eradicate poverty. The education and training systems of all the nations jeopardizes the future of millions of children and of the nation itself. This paper focuses on human capital as both the goal and the engine of economic growth because 40 to 60 per cent of growth rates in per capita GDP can be attributed to investment in human capital and the increased productivity that results. Sustainable development cannot occur in the absence of human resource.

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