Karim Hassanien, The British University in Egypt, Egypt
Purpose: We need to identify three major challenges facing the socioeconomic development of human capital to avoid an ultimate economic risk. These are poverty, poor environmental conditions and the filtration from education at an early age.
Design/methodology/approach: The choice of Al-Salam District in Cairo in Egypt as a case study to represent the human capital economic risks is based on several reasons. The area represents the interaction between poverty, poor environmental conditions and the problem of filtration from education at an early age.
Findings: The three random samples in Al-Salam District represented the families, the working children and the workshops’ owners. The findings typified the poor environmental deterioration, lack of public awareness, lack of education and the early enrolment of children in the labour force to provide income for their families.
Originality/value: The data collected were sorted and analyzed in a statistical manner to analyze the human capital economic risk.
Keywords: Socio-economic; Human capital economic risk; Poverty; Environment; Filtration from education; Human Development; Public awareness; Poverty line; Family income; Health; Working children; Illiteracy; Multi-stage sample method; Industrial safety measures