In the push toward globalization, developing countries face myriad challenges that touch on human development issues. The Human Development Network is attempting to help address these as part of the strategy of human capital development, enhancement and maintenance through:
- Social Protection: The challenges of aging, migration, and adjustment to external and internal shocks that have intensified with globalization has placed the issues of pensions, social assistance and labor markets at the forefront of public concerns and government priority setting.
- In Education: The overwhelming needs worldwide are how to deliver and finance education more effectively, improve quality of schooling at all levels, measure learning and improve country competitiveness. The World Bank’s education agenda is shifting more firmly to address these especially in secondary, vocational and higher education.
- The Health agenda: The World Bank is broadening its disease-based programs to encompass a focus on comprehensive health care delivery systems, multi-sectoral linkages, strengthened governance and improved social protection that form the core of the new Health strategy.
The Human Development Network’s strategic objectives are broken down by our major operational sectors:
- To Strengthen education systems to support education for all, including girls, and contribute to the development of a higher skilled work force.
- To focus on results in the health, nutrition and population (HNP) segments
- To increase Bank contributions to client-country efforts to strengthen and realize well-organized and sustainable health systems for HNP results
- To enhance synergies between health system strengthening and priority-disease interventions
- To strengthen capacity to advise client countries on a cross-sectoral approach to HNP results
- To Increase selectivity, improve strategic engagement and agreement with global partners on a collaborative division of labor for the benefit of client countries.
- To contribute to global efforts to prevent new HIV infections and provide care and treatment for people infected and affected by AIDS.
- To assist clients to alleviate poverty and to promote equitable and sustainable growth through expanding Opportunities, helping with the creation of good jobs through: better labor market regulations, active and passive labor market policies, and wage setting processes.