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Journal of Human Development
J Hum Dev

ISSN (printed): 1464-9888. ISSN (electronic): 1469-9516.

This year marks a milestone in Human Development Reports 10 years of a movement, a concept and in practice, a strategy towards people-centred development. In celebration of this, The Human Development Report Office will launch the Journal of Human Development in January 2000. The journal will publish original and challenging work that analyses the concept, measurement and/or practice of human development at global, national and local levels. It will provide a forum for the open exchange of ideas among a broad spectrum of development practitioners, policy-makers and academics and will aim to stimulate further research and development of concepts and measurement tools for human development. Human development is becoming a "school of thought" and the Journal will act as a conduit for members and critics of this "school". As an alternative to the traditional focus on economic growth as an end in itself, human development provides a different framework of analysis, focusing on issues of empowerment, participation, equity, sustainability and human rights. Economic growth is seen as an essential means to human development, and in practice, policies are needed that focus on how economic growth can best contribute to human development. Human development is a process of enlarging peopleís choices. Enlarging peopleís choices is achieved by expanding human capabilities and functionings. At all levels of development the three essential capabilities for human development are to lead long and healthy lives, to be knowledgeable, and to have access to the resources needed for a decent standard of living. But the realm of human development goes further: essential areas of choice, highly valued by people, range from political, economic and social opportunities for being creative and productive to enjoying self-respect, empowerment and a sense of belonging to a community.

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