Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Developing human capital in Africa: carving a role for human resource professionals and practitioners

Mamman, Aminu; Kamoche, Ken; Zakaria, Hamza B.; Agbedi, Motolani


Aminu Mamman

Professor of Human Resource Management

Hamza B. Zakaria

Motolani Agbedi


Africa is a continent with remarkable economic potential yet the least developed largely due to its inadequate human capital to transform this potential into social and economic development. The focus on provision of classroom education as the cornerstone of human capital development in Africa has not produced the desirable outcomes expected. We see an important role in this process within the workplace, and thus argue that the role of Human Resource (HR) professionals in Human Capital development in Africa deserves serious attention. The paper outlines why and how HR professionals can contribute to the development of Africa's human capital. It also highlights the challenges HR professionals will face and the competencies they will need to address the challenges. The paper concludes with suggestions for further research.


Mamman, A., Kamoche, K., Zakaria, H. B., & Agbedi, M. (2018). Developing human capital in Africa: carving a role for human resource professionals and practitioners. Human Resource Development International, 21(5), 444-462.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 25, 2018
Publication Date Oct 20, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 26, 2019
Journal Human Resource Development International
Print ISSN 1367-8868
Electronic ISSN 1469-8374
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 5
Pages 444-462
Keywords Human Capital Development; Human Resource professionals; HR roles; African Development
Public URL
Publisher URL
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Human Resource Development International on 25/04/2018 , available online:


You might also like

Downloadable Citations