Dimensions of Human Development

World Development, Volume 30, Issue 2, February 2002, pp. 181–205

Posted: 28 Jul 2012

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Sabina Alkire

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

If humandevelopment is “multidimensional” then perhaps we need to discuss what we mean by multidimensional: what is a dimension, and what are the multiple dimensions of interest? This paper develops an account of dimensions of humandevelopment, and shows its usefulness and its limitations — both in general and in relation to Amartya Sen's capability approach. The second half of the paper surveys other major “lists” of dimensions that have been published in poverty studies, crosscultural psychology, moral philosophy, quality of life indicators, participatory development, and basic needs, and compares and contrasts them with the account sketched here.

Suggested Citation

Alkire, Sabina, Dimensions of Human Development (2002). World Development, Volume 30, Issue 2, February 2002, pp. 181–205 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2118655

Sabina Alkire (Contact Author)

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative ( email )

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