Human Development Report 1993

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The challenge for development is to identify the best route to unleash people’s entrepreneurial spirit – to take risks, to compete, to innovate, to determine the direction and pace of development. Every institution – and every policy action – should be judged by one critical test: how does it meet the genuine aspirations of the people? This is the vision national and global decision-makers must consider if the 1990s are to emerge as a new watershed in peaceful development – and if the 21st century is to see the full flowering of human potential all over the world. It is fitting, therefore that this year’s Human Development Report has people’s participation as its special focus.



People and governance

The 1980s saw a move away from authoritarian rule towards greater political freedom and democracy. A positive trend, but there is still some way to go before people in developing countries are truly in command of their Lives. Even where citizens can elect their leaders in regular, free and fair elections, they seldom have achieved full political participation. If people in developing countries are to influence development, the trend towards democracy will have to widen and deepen.


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