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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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Poverty is Cancer not Flu ! – Mahbub Ul Haq

Late Pakistani economist Mahbub Ul Haq is the brain behind UNDP’s human development index (HDI). He has seen the emptiness and deception of using GDP growth as measure of national progress. His concept of human development brought a paradigm shift in the global developmental discourse. Now more and more countries are trying to measure people’s well being beyond per capita GDP numbers. Continue reading

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A New Measure of National Progress: Social Progress Index (SPI)

It is time that India turn GDP growth into real development of people and society. The Social Progress Index is a useful tool to measure real progress beyond the GDP. Continue reading

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Understanding Poverty, Beyond Lack of Income

Poverty is much more than lack of income; it is inherently multidimensional and must be seen as such. 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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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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