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Human Development in South Asia 2015: the economy and the people

This report presents critical analyses of economic policies, policies for food security, education, health and women’s empowerment and concludes that to sustain economic growth and advance human development, South Asia needs high level political commitment to achieve its economic and social goals.

The eighteenth report addresses the issue of connection between economic growth and people’s lives. The Report analyses the record of economic growth and human development in South Asia for the last three decades from 1980 to 2010. Besides providing an overall South Asia profile, the Report presents a detailed record of economic growth and social development in five countries: India, Pakistan Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Report critically analyses economic policies, policies for employment, food security, education, health and women’s empowerment and concludes that to sustain economic growth and advance human development, South Asia needs high level political commitment.

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