Amartya Sen Supports Anti Rape Protests, Says Dalit Women have Undergone Real Violence for a Very Long Time

Jan 4, 2013

Nobel Laureate delivers inaugural lecture for newly-established International Centre for Human Development

New Delhi - “The post-2015 development agenda needs to return to the principles of human rights and justice, peace and democracy as enshrined in the Millennium Declaration,” said Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, urging governments and civil society to pay greater attention to violence against women.

He was speaking at an event to officially launch a new partnership between the Government of India and UNDP to set up the International Centre on Human Development based in India. According to Prof. Sen, “The expansion of human capabilities is at the core of Asian development model. While there is no contradiction between high rates of growth and human development outcomes, it is the nature of growth and how resources are utilized that should be at the heart of the growth debate.”

Going further, Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister for Rural Development, Government of India said, “High rate economic growth does not necessarily translate into superior human development outcomes, which may in fact be demonstrated at lower rates of growth. However, there is no escaping that given the enormity of India’s development challenges, high rate economic growth is imperative.”

The International Centre for Human Development set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Indian Institute for Advanced Study (IIAS) in collaboration with UNDP aims to assist national governments in the Global South towards mainstreaming human development in planning processes and policy making.

According to Mr. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator, “We can think of no better place than India to establish the International Centre for Human Development as India embodies the DNA of the human development concept which has been developed by India’s greatest economist Prof. Amartya Sen.”

The human development approach was pioneered by UNDP in the early 1990s. More than 700 regional, national and local reports have been produced in over 140 countries. In India, UNDP partners with the Planning Commission and several state governments on issues related to human development. The significant partnership launched today is envisaged to build mechanisms for greater south-south co-operation by identifying best practices available and facilitating their successful adaptation.

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