Pillars[ edit ] There are six basic pillars of human development: equity, sustainability, productivity, empowerment, cooperation and security. Formal freedoms, in this and many cases, are necessary but not sufficient to provide true capabilities to function.
Examples include Beings: well fed, sheltered, healthy Doings: work, education, voting, participating in community life. Achieving adequate health standards is important for the success of development and the abolition of poverty.
Our capabilities are expanded or constrained by our own efforts and by the institutions and conditions of our society. The data included in the American Human Development Index will help us understand variations among regions and groups.
Ideas on the links between economic growth and development during the second half of the 20th Century also had a formative influence. For instance, the right for education relates to intellectual development, and political rights relates to the level of the political development of that society.
Measuring Human Development: The Human Development Index One of the more important achievements of the human development approach, as embodied in successive HDRs, has been to ensure a growing acceptance of the fact that monetary measures, such as GDP per capita, are inadequate proxies of development.
Central to the human development approach is the concept of capabilities.
Kuznets, Simon. Those poor in capabilities are less able to chart their own course and to seize opportunities.