chapter
Introduction
ByMarco Keiner, Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr, Willy A. Schmid
Pages 8

UNDP (1994) defines human development as ‘a process of enlarging the choices for all people in society’. More specifically, sustainable human development ‘…places people at the centre of the development process and makes the central purpose of development as creating an enabling environment in which all people can enjoy a long, healthy and creative life’. Thus, it seeks to ensure that everyone, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, benefit from economic growth through empowerment by expanding people’s capabilities and choices without compromising those of future generations; encouraging better ways in which communities and individuals cooperate and interact; and promoting equity in terms of income, capabilities, opportunities, and the security of livelihood.