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What do we mean by Development?

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What do we mean by Development? is a discussion document which explores different descriptions of development for teachers, students and development educators rather than providing a comprehensive definition of development or development theories. It aims to provide clarity to development definitions and to link “models of development with the here-and-now problems of real people.”

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This 25-page booklet explores an understanding of what development is about. It discusses some of the main dimensions of development and attempts a possible description of the concept. In doing so, it looks at past ideas about development – growth and modernisation, Marxism, free markets, radical liberalism, basic human needs, the World Bank, UNDP and the Human Development Index. It explores ideas linked to development – poverty, sustainable development, gender and development, civil society; importantly it briefly looks at what development is not.  Towards the back of the booklet is a summary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.

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Further reading: references included in the booklet.

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