Development with a Human Face: Experiences in Social Achievement and Economic Growth

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorSantosh Mehrotra, Richard Jolly

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Within the last fifty years, most developing countries have made health and educational advances that took nearly two centuries in the industrialized countries. This book presents retrospective studies of ten developing countries that managed to exceed the scope and pace of social achievementof other developing countries, with many of their social indicators now being comparable with those of industrialized countries. This book attempts to learn the lesson of their success. Half the ten countries studied have combined rapid economic growth with social achievement, and are now considered to have high-performing economies. Significantly, the high-growth economies achieved social progress very early in the development process, when national incomes were still low. Othersgrew more slowly and experienced interrupted growth. However, they demonstrate that it is possible to achieve a high level of social development even without a thriving economy, if the government sets the right priorities. All ten countries achieved sustained improvement in child survival and educational levels despite low incomes, precisely because the investment required for the provision of basic services is low in cost but high in effectiveness. The cases chosen represent all the developing regions, and offer avariety of routes to high educational status, decreased child mortality, and low fertility. The book provides valuable guidance to policy-makers in developing countries in every region seeking to replicate these successful social experiments.

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Within the last fifty years, most developing countries have made health and educational advances that took nearly two centuries in the industrialized countries. This book presents retrospective studies of ten developing countries that managed to exceed the scope and pace of social achievementof other developing countries, with many of ...

Santosh Mehrotra is Senior Development Economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. Richard Jolly is Special Adviser to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296576

ISBN - 13:9780198296577

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Part I: Overview1. Richard Jolly: Profiles in Success: Reasons for Hope and Priorities for Action2. Santosh Mehrotra: Social Development in High-Achieving Countries: Common Elements and Diversities3. Santosh Mehrotra: Health and Education Policies in High-Achieving Countries: Some LessonsPart II: Case-Studies4. Tyrrell Duncan, Keith Jefferis, and Patrick Molutsi: Botswana: Social Development in a Resource-rich Economy5. Edward and Bridget Dommen: Mauritius: The Roots of Success 1960-19936. Rene Loewenson and Munhamo Chisvo: Rapid Social Transformation despite Economic Adjustment and Slow Growth: The Experience of Zimbabwe7. T. N. Krishnan: The Route to Social Development in Kerala: Social Intermediation and Public Action8. Patricia Alailama and Nimal Sanderatne: Social Policies in a Slowly Growing Economy: Sri Lanka9. Santosh Mehrotra, In-Hwa Park, and Hwa-Jong Baek: Social Policies in a Growing Economy: The Role of the State in the Republic of Korea10. Leong Choon Heng and Tan Siew Hoey: Malaysia: Social Development, Poverty Reduction, and Economic Transformation11. Myrtle D. Bishop, Rosalyn Corbin, and Neville C. Duncan: Barbados: Social Development in a Small Island State12. Leonardo Garnier, Rebeca Grynspan, Roberto Hidalgo, Guillermo Monge, and Juan Diego Trejos: Costa Rica: Social Development and Heterodox Adjustment13. Human Development in Cuba: Growing Risk of ReversalPart III: Conclusion14. Lincoln C. Chen and Meghnad Desai: Paths to Social Development: Lessons from Case-Studies15. Lance Taylor, Santosh Mehrotra, and Enrique Delamonica: The Links between Economic Growth, Poverty Reduction, and Social Development: Theory and Practice

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`A final, very illuminating chapter addresses the intricate relationships and synergies between social development, growth, and poverty'Development and Change