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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Dimensions of Human Development

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AUTHOR Sabina Alkire
ORGANIZATION World Development
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2002
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

If human development is multidimensional, then perhaps we need to discuss what multidimensional means. This paper develops an account of dimensions of human development, and shows its usefulness and its limitations, both in general and in relation to Amartya Sen's capability approach. The second half of the paper surveys other major lists of dimensions that have been published in poverty studies, crosscultural psychology, moral philosophy, quality of life indicators, participatory development and basic needs and compares and contrasts them with the account sketched here.          

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