Human Development Report 1996

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The Human Development Report seventh edition updates the unique Human Development Indicators comparing human development in most countries of the world, and the data tables on all aspects of human development. The special focus of this edition is on the important link between economic growth and human development. The Report maintains that the link is not automatic but can be established through proper policy management, arguing the case for initiating and accelerating economic growth and at the same time accelerating and sustaining human development in different parts of the world. The Report also maintains that the quality of growth is as important as its quantity; otherwise, growth can be jobless, voiceless, ruthless, rootless, and futureless. It identifies employment as an important instrument in translating the benefits of economic growth into people's lives.




Human advance is conditioned by our conception of progress. The Human Development Report series has been dedicated, since its inception in 1990, to ending the mismeasure ofhuman progress hy economic growth alone. The paradigm shift in favour of sustainable human development is still in the making. But more and more policymakers in many countries are reaching the unavoidable conclusion that, to be valuable and legitimate, development progressboth nationally and internationally-must be people-centred, equitably distributed and environmentally and socially sustainable.


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