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.



Trends in growth and human development

The past decade's record of economic growth is unparalleled. It includes spectacular performance in some countries and regions-unprecedented stagnation and decline in others. Nearly 1.5 billion people- more than a fourth of the world's population, mostly in East Asia-enjoyed per capita income growth of more than 7% a year during the 1980s, a record exceeding anything experienced. But nearly a billion people, about a fifth of the global total, saw their incomes shrink as per capita incomes fell in almost 70 countries for a decade or more. Most of these countries were among the least developed countries (LDCs) and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Two worlds.


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