GDP Center Hosts Premier Fall 2022 Human Capital Initiative Seminar

On October 12, 2022, the Global Development Policy Center (GDP Center), an affiliated center of Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, hosted the first of its Fall 2022 Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Research Series Seminars.

Dr. Kevin Croke, Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, introduced his research on COVID-19 misinformation in South Africa and whether sustained fact-checking could reduce the spread and influence of misinformation. Croke and his team used WhatsApp, the most popular messaging platform in South Africa, to send out different messages and podcasts to fact-check popular myths. They found that while participants were able to improve their fact-checking skills, few were interested in independently fact-checking new sources. 

For further details on the event, visit the GDP Center’s website.

The GDP Center’s HCI researches the role of human capital in human development and uses their findings to elevate policy solutions and solve global crises, specializing in topics like the political economy of human capital, population health economics, and women’s empowerment. Learn more on the GDP Center’s website.

The GDP Center is a university-wide research center affiliated with the Pardee School of Global Studies. Founded in 2017, the center aims to advance financial stability, human well-being, and environmental sustainability across the globe. Learn more on the GDP Center website.