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Operationalising the Concept of Basic Needs

  • RICHARD J. SZAL

    (Development Department, ILO, Geneva.)

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    Much rhetoric has appeared over the last few years about the desirability of the basic-needs approach to development planning. The basic-needs approach, however, has remained more of a proclamation of good intentions than a strategy for development. Operationalising it poses certain difficulties. In this article, two novel ways of transforming the basic-needs philosophy into concrete policies and strategies are presented. The discussion consists of explanations of planning tools entitled basic-needs activities and product path analysis. Finally, some brief comments are offered on the use of popular participation in a basic-needs strategy and possible trade-offs between basic-needs satisfaction and growth.

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    Article provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.

    Volume (Year): 19 (1980)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 237-246

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    Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:19:y:1980:i:3:p:237-246
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