Category Archives: Amartya Sen

Development “Beyond GDP”

The fetish for gdp growth has led the world to the brink of environmental and social disasters. There is opulence and poverty side by side. Countries need to evolve right indicators of development that pay attention to things other than economic. Continue reading

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Amartya Sen’s Capability Perspective of Development and Well-being

The capability approach of Amartya Sen puts people at the focus of development; not economy. Since it revolves around expanding people’s capabilities, it recognizes all factors – personal, psychological, social, political, environmental etc – that can possibly affect people’s capability to … Continue reading

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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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Amartya Sen – Development Beyond GDP

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. Professor Amartya Sen theorizes that “real development” is development of people’s capabilities. Continue reading

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

The capabilities approach of Amartya Sen 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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