Planning to Meet "Basic Needs" Some Methodological Problems

Ole David Koht Norbye

Abstract


For its World Employment Conference in June 1976 the ILO
prepared a report [2] in which it put forward the idea that the
development strategy for the future should aim at meeting certain "basic
needs" for the poorest 20 per¬cent of the people in the different
countries of the world. One point ILO put across was that it would take
considerably less time to reach a given set of basic needs targets if
income within the different countries could be redistributed for the
benefit of the poorest 20 percent. The ILO demonstrated the magnitude of
the problem by the help of illustrations drawn from a working paper
prepared for the ILO [1]. The minimum basic needs which are listed by
the ILO include personal consumption items like food, clothing and
housing, and services which in many countries are provided by public
authorities like water, health, sanitation and education. In addition
the ILO report also stresses qualitative elements of development, and
calls for greater participation of the poor in decision¬making in
matters concerning their own future.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v16i3pp.262-280

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