Human Development Report 2002

Deepening Democracy in a Fragmented World

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This report examines political participation as a dimension of human development. It emphasizes the importance of political freedoms as a goal of human development, and explores how democratic institutions help promote economic and social progress. The Report examines power, politics and human development and presents the imperatives for continuous strengthening of democratic capacity within and across governments, institutions, and communities-- rich and poor.



The state and progress of human development

Human development is about people, about expanding their choices to lead lives they value. Economic growth, increased international trade and investment, technological advance—all are very important. But they are means, not ends. Whether they contribute to human development in the 21st century will depend on whether they expand people’s choices, whether they help create an environment for people to develop their full potential and lead productive, creative lives.


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