Human Development Report 1990

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This report is about people — and about how development enlarges their choices. It is about more than GNP growth, more than income and wealth and more than producing commodities and accumulating capital. A person's access to income may be one of the choices, but it is not the sum total of human endeavour. This report lays out a concrete priority agenda for better data collection that will enable the human development index to be used increasingly as a genuine measure of socioeconomic growth. It analyses the record of human development for the last three decades and the experience of 14 countries in managing economic growth and human development. It ends with a special focus on the problems of human development in an increasingly urban setting.



Human development strategies for the 1990s

The 1990s are shaping up as the decade for human development, for rarely has there been such a consensus on the real objectives of development strategies. The UN Committee for Development Planning summarises this emerging consensus best: "In the 1990s people should be placed firmly in the centre of development. The most compelling reason for doing so is that the process of economic development is coming increasingly to be understood as a process of expanding the capabilities of people."


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