The Theory Of Human Development Essay

1627 WordsNov 12, 20157 Pages
Human ‘development’ does not exist in stasis – it is constantly in flux. The outcomes of human development are intrinsically linked to overarching power structures, and include psychological dimensions including social recognition. Thus, ‘development’ is dynamic and highly contextualised – it is governed by socio-economic class, domestic politics, geographical location, and the wider institutional context. Working within a particular framework requires acknowledging that concepts of human development are implicated in the power structures which govern policies. Yet, human development is not fixed in numerical measures of development, but rather, the ‘outcomes’ of human capital are heavily influenced by the social context in which ‘development’ occurs. Brazil’s economic growth and shifts in the wake of structural adjustment have coincided with the wider shifts in development rhetoric which emphasize inclusive economic growth and human development. Yet, whether new social safety nets provide will eventually provide an avenue for increased political participation and growing social mobility remains speculative. Distinguishing social welfare from human capital accumulation, I will argue CCTs, as social safety-net policies emphasis on data collection constitutes a thin approach to welfare. Then I will propose that the extension of service provision, CCT programmes could build human capital accumulation. However, due to the overarching political drivers of statist and

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