Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Social Drivers of Sustainable Development

A new development agenda will need to look behind the symptoms to tackle the structural causes or drivers of poverty, inequality, social injustice and environmental degradation in order to create conditions for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future. This brief focuses on often neglected drivers of development in the social domain, highlighting their inseparability from economic, environmental and political change processes. It points to a number of policy areas that have been shown to underpin transformative social change, and identifies key social drivers that are essential for catalyzing progress towards sustainable development.

To be socially sustainable, development must deliver material well-being, including good health, education, and access to the goods and services necessary for decent living; and social, cultural and political achievements, such as a sense of security, dignity, and the ability to be part of a community through recognition and representation. All of these are inseparable from the environmental resources necessary to sustain life, health and well-being.

[Download brief from UNRISD site]

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 by in Poverty and inequality and tagged , , .
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