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Human Development in an Unequal World

K. Seeta Prabhu (Author) Sandhya S. Iyer (Author)

Human Development in an Unequal World deals with the twenty-first-century challenges of unstable economic growth and sustainability and the re-emergence of deprivations and inequalities in multiple realms. It argues that the broader perspective of human development is most suited in reorienting development towards a more equitable, sustainable, and empowering world.

The authors discuss the concept and philosophy of the capabilities and human development approach, its measurement, the links between economic growth and human development, and the role of social sector policy, gender equality, and securing sustainability. In doing so, they analyse frameworks, processes, institutions, and actors, and weave together concepts, methods, and evidence from numerous developing countries. The chapters offer an integrated understanding of the importance of capabilities, freedoms, and human flourishing in the process of development. This volume calls for an approach that focuses on the humanness of development and brings people back to the centre stage—a phenomenon that has receded to the background in the neoliberal era.

Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. The Concept. 2. Human Flourishing and Well-Being. 3. Measuring Human Progress. 4. Economic Growth and Human Development: Evidence of Muddled Pathways. 5. Social Sectors in Human Development. 6. Deprivation and Distribution. 7. Gender and Human Development. 8. Sustainability: Securing the Present and the Future. Epilogue. Annexures. Index.

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About the author

K. Seeta Prabhu

K. Seeta Prabhu is Head, Human Development Resource Centre at the UNDP India Country Office, New Delhi, on deputation from the University of Mumbai, where she is Professor of Development Economics.

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Title Human Development in an Unequal World
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.01.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199490240
length 400p., Figures; Tables.