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Rescuing human development from a lip-service syndrome

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Comim, F 
Jolly, R 

Abstract

jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:secjats:titleMotivation</jats:title>jats:pDespite widespread acknowledgement of and praise for the Human Development Report by policy‐makers, practitioners and individual academics, the paradigm of human development has often lacked sustained academic and operational policy‐making attention.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titlePurpose</jats:title>jats:pInvestigating this undesirable disconnect and discussing the possible reasons behind it, this article reveals two fundamental challenges: to make more specific the rich concepts of human development and to relate them to the dominant concepts of development, and to motivate and guide the context‐specific choices at the national and regional level.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleApproach and Methods</jats:title>jats:pAddressing these challenges will require a more careful exploration of the theoretical and operational implications of the work of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, and of their adoption by the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleConclusions</jats:title>jats:pTo achieve the adoption of the human development paradigm, the article makes some proposals both to the UNDP and to academia for the future directions of the Human Development (HD) approach.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titlePolicy implications</jats:title>jats:pThe proposals on HD seek to chart pathways out of the current economic stagnation and slowdown.</jats:p></jats:sec>

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Keywords

Amartya Sen, capability approach, Human Development Report, Martha Nussbaum, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Journal Title

Development Policy Review

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Journal ISSN

0950-6764
1467-7679

Volume Title

39

Publisher

Wiley

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