Human Development: Definitions, Critiques, and Related Concepts

OPHI Working Paper No. 36

56 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2012

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Sabina Alkire

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

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Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

The purpose of this background paper is i) to synthesize the discussions regarding the concept of human development, so as to inform the 2010 Report’s definition, and ii) drawing on the extensive policy and academic literatures, to propose relationships between the concept of human development and four related concepts: the Millennium Development Goals, Human Rights, Human Security, and Happiness. Inequality, the duration of outcomes across time, and environmental sustainability are also prominent due to their fundamental importance.

Keywords: Capability approach, Millennium Development Goals, Human Security, Human Rights, Process Freedoms, Environment, Inequality, Happiness

JEL Classification: D6, I3, O1, A13, B5, B2, F0

Suggested Citation

Alkire, Sabina, Human Development: Definitions, Critiques, and Related Concepts (May 1, 2010). OPHI Working Paper No. 36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1815263 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1815263

Sabina Alkire (Contact Author)

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative ( email )

Queen Elizabeth House
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
United Kingdom

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