Inclusiveness and human development: The hidden linkage?

Unlike economic growth and national income which have been used ever since to measure economic development, human development indicators have a relatively short history. Development progress of countries has been measured only since the 1990s through health, education and standard of living.

Indian population represents 17% of the world population, and 33% of the global poor. Using the Indian case, Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan (National Institute of Advanced Studies – NIAS) and Srijit Mishra (Indian Gandhi Institute of Development Research – IGIDR) attempt to investigate inclusiveness using human development indicators across different socio-economic groups (class, caste, gender, etc…) of Indian population.

Presenting the research proposal at the GDN 14th Annual Conference, Nathan tries to explain that inclusiveness in not only about money and economic measures; he presents human development as a paradigm focusing on human capital being one important input to the development process, but also the mere beneficiary of it. The research aims to merge the two concepts of inclusiveness and human development, in an attempt to assess the former in the lens of the latter.

Nathan and Mishra argue that the innovation of the proposal lies in the policy implications it will provide when research is conducted and completed. The lessons drawn of inequality in inclusiveness will be applicable to other developing countries with similar characteristics. By providing an assessment of inclusiveness that includes human development indicators and multi-dimensional poverty measures, the study will definitely contribute to nurturing the debate in the development community.

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One Response to Inclusiveness and human development: The hidden linkage?

  1. Pingback: Measuring HDI – the old, the new and the elegant | GDNet Blog

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