File - Thousands of Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters shout slogans as they take part in a demonstration at Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, February 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Why are powerful authorities always rushing to dictate development to the less powerful and the so-called poor?How can one assess the need and impact of development?In 1974, the COCOYOC Declaration called for a focus on human development, rather than the development of things.In the late 1970s, UNESCO promoted the "endogenous development" after realizing the impossibility of imposing industrial countries' development models on others.During the 1980s, with the recognition of environmental degradation, the notion of sustainable development emerged as a form of development satisfying the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". In 1990, the first Human Development Report defined human development as the process of widening people's choices, introducing the Human Development Index as a new measure of development adding indicators as education and health to the simple per capita income.
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