Human Development Report 1999

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The 1999 Human Development Report argues that globalization is more than the flow of money and commodities - it is the growing interdependence of the world's people through 'shrinking space, shrinking time and disappearing borders'. It notes that markets have been allowed to dominate the process of globalization, and the benefits and opportunities have not been shared. The Report recommends an agenda for action: reforms of global governance to ensure greater equity, new regional approaches to collective action and negotiation, and national and local policies to capture opportunities in the global marketplace and translate them more equitably into human advance.



The invisible heart care and the global economy

Studies of globalization and its impact on people focus on incomes, employment, education and other opportunities. Less visible, and often neglected, is the impact on care and caring labour—the task of providing for dependants, for children, the sick, the elderly and (do not forget) all the rest of us, exhausted from the demands of daily life. Human development is nourished not only by expanding incomes, schooling, health, empowerment and a clean environment but also by care. And the essence of care is in the human bonds that it creates and supplies. Care, sometimes referred to as social reproduction, is also essential for economic sustainability.


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