Human Development: Definitions, Critiques, and Related Concepts
OPHI Working Paper No. 36
56 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2012
Date Written: May 1, 2010
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
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