Development as Flourishing

Can development economics move beyond its obsession with income to become truly human-centered?

Development, at its heart, is an endeavour to better the lives of humans. The pursuit of a good life has fascinated thinkers for millennia, and yet what a good life looks like is as heatedly debated today as it was in the time of Aristotle.

Most philosophers would agree on one thing: you can’t simply buy happiness.