Category Archives: Amartya Sen

Understanding Poverty: Comparing the “Basic Needs” and the “Capability” Approaches

Poverty is by nature multidimensional. It can’t be adequately measured or described by any single-dimensional parameter like income. Moreover, it is a situation of deprivation that is a net result of several factors – personal, social, cultural and political. Hence, comprehensive approach is needed to tackle the issue of poverty. Continue reading

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Let’s Count the Poor and Disagree Who is Poor!

Poverty is easy to spot; difficult to define. Experts can never agree, who is poor and who is not. It all depends how you look. Continue reading

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Why Should the World Listen to Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen?

The idea that “development” only means economic growth is a faulty one. This narrow thinking is behind all ills of the world today – global warming and climate change are just the logical byproducts. As Professor Amartya Sen theorizes that the “real development” is altogether an entirely different thing – it focuses on people and their capabilities. Continue reading

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What is Amartya Sen’s “Capability Approach” to Development

The capabilities approach sees development as expansion of people’s capabilities. Poverty, in this approach, is taken as deprivation of basic capabilities needed to live a tolerable life. Continue reading

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There is more to “Development” than Just Economic Growth!

Amartya Sen’s capability theory offers a comprehensive approach to development which puts people at the center of attention. Development is not just economic growth or industrialization and people are not mere tools to achieve it. Continue reading

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What makes People Poor?

Human poverty is not a mere income or economic issue. It is a situation where people are deprived of basic freedoms and capabilities, according to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. Continue reading

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A Rational And Effective Approach to Poverty Removal

Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach offers a rational way to remove poverty. It considers things beyond income and puts people at the center of development. People must be seen as agents of change in their lives. What is needed is to provide them an enabling environment. Continue reading

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