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The human right to development

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  • Arjun Sengupta

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This paper examines the content of the right to development in the light of human rights as recognized in international law and interprets it in an operational manner. The right to development is the right to a development where all rights can be progressively realized. Both the process of development and the outcomes of the process can be regarded as human rights claimed by the people of a country for the benefit of all individuals. The right is exercised collectively but enjoyed individually. The related obligation is appropriate development policy by the state (the primary duty-bearer) and co-operation by other states and international institutions. The international community that recognizes this right has to support its implementation by co-operating in trade, debt, finance, technology transfer and development assistance. This paper provides illustrative mechanisms for implementing the right, complemented by programmes of international co-operation

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  • Arjun Sengupta, 2004. "The human right to development," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(2), pages 179-203.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:32:y:2004:i:2:p:179-203
    DOI: 10.1080/13600810410001699948
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    1. Alfredo Saad-Filho, 2007. "Life beyond the Washington Consensus: An Introduction to Pro-poor Macroeconomic Policies," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 513-537.

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