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Toward a People-Centered Approach to Development

By Deepak Nayyar, Ha-Joon Chang | Social Science Research Council | July 1, 2005

From the Intro: Development must bring about an improvement in the living conditions of people. It should, therefore, ensure the provision of basic human needs for all: not just food and clothing but also shelter, health care and education. This simple but powerful proposition is often forgotten in the pursuit of material wealth and the conventional concerns of economics. The problem is compounded by the dominant ideology of our times, which states that markets and globalization promise economic prosperity for those who join the system and economic deprivation for those who do not. The reality that has unfolded so far, however, belies the expectations of the ideologues.

CREDIT INFO: Nayyar, Deepak and Ha-Joon Chang. "Toward a People-Centered Approach to Development," from The Development Imperative: Toward a People-Centered Approach, Hershberg, Eric, and Christy Thornton, eds. (New York: Social Science Research Council, 2005): 1-9. Copyright © 2005 SSRC.

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