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Basic Needs in the Year 2000

Paul Streeten
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Paul Streeten: Oxford University, Oxford (England).

The Pakistan Development Review, 1980, vol. 19, issue 2, 129-141

Abstract: The paper distills the main lessons of recent country and sector work on basic-needs approaches to development. It argues that, drawing on this experience and adopting appropriate policies, the basic needs of the world's poor can be met in a shorter period of time, and with fewer resources-i.e. by the year 2000-than if the more conventional approach of relying solely on rising incomes is chosen. Raising the earning opportunities of the poor remains a central thrust of the strategy, but it has to be supplemented by actions in the public sector and within households.

Date: 1980
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