What is the definition of "Human Development?"
At its most basic, 'development' is planned social change. Beyond this, though, defining 'human development' is complex and often contested. Moreover, the methods for achieving development and the measures by which we assess progress are diverse and include many disciplines and fields of inquiry.
Recognizing these definitional challenges, the mission of the Human Development pillar at the Dickey Center is to enhance Dartmouth's strength in evidence-based research aimed at ameliorating poverty and other forms of deprivation in low-income countries by supporting the engagement of Dartmouth students and faculty with the wider global policy and research community.