Unlocking Human Potential and Economic Growth

This seminar put the spotlight on Nutrition-a key driver of development, serving as a foundation for healthy individuals and societies. Investing in nutrition yields permanent and inalienable benefits, with at least a $10 return on investment for every dollar spent. However, malnutrition still affects one in three people globally, including the 156 million children worldwide who are stunted.

2017 Spring Meetings: Professor Aman Agarwal, Professor of Finance and Dean, Indian Institute of Finance. Photo credit: Carletha Cole/SilkeEndress

According to An Investment Framework for Nutrition, these investments in the critical 1,000 day window of early childhood are inalienable and portable and will pay lifelong dividends including in the form of a more robust society.

2017 Spring Meetings: Member of Parliament, Cameroon, Marilyn Douala Bell (l.); Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Singer/Humanitarian, The Princess of Africa Foundation (r.). Photo credit: Carletha Cole/SilkeEndress

As a follow up to the October 2016 Human Capital Summit, the World Bank Group, co-hosted a panel discussion with the Department for International Development, United Kingdom, on the importance of nutrition as an investment to unlock human capital and economic prosperity. This high-level event, part of the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings 2017, served as another collective step forward as we work together to mobilize political commitment, results, and financing towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030.