COVID-19's Devastating Impact on Young People

World Bank Group

This webinar gives a comprehensive overview of the World Bank’s Human Development Flagship report, Collapse & Recovery: How COVID-19 Eroded Human Capital and What to Do About It, which reviews global data showing that the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed human capital at critical moments in the life cycle, scarring millions of children and young people in low- and middle-income countries.

These human capital losses threaten to reduce lifetime earnings, increase inequality, and increase social unrest for decades to come. Countries must address these problems otherwise they face generations of scarred children and youth and a catastrophic blow to economic development.