Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1982

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This latest edition of the Survey analyzes current economic and social developments in the region against the background of events in the world economy. It also focuses on the serios problems of growth and transformation of the area's least developed and Pacific Island developing economies.



Social conditions

This discussion of social conditions in the developing ESCAP region reviews the effects of development policies and processes upon the quality of human life. The quality of life can only be assessed, however, in terms of the desires and aspirations of the people themselves. Among the poor no less than among the rich in the developing ESCAP region, people’s desires and aspirations are not concerned simply with the requisites for physiological maintenance but also with less immediately material needs such as the opportunities to have a family life, ensure good health, engage in recreation, participate in social and cultural life, obtain self-fulfilment through education and enjoy the dignity of personal freedom and security. The extent to which these needs can be met by the individual depends to a large extent on the resources available to the community and on the distribution of these resources among its members. Social development in the region thus remains in large measure dependent on economic development.


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