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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: 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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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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