The social development approach seeks to integrate economic and social policies within a dynamic development process in order to achieve social welfare objectives. This first comprehensive textbook on the subject demonstrates that social development offers critically significant insights for the developed as well as the developing world. James Midgley describes the social development approach, traces its origins in developing countries, reviews theoretical issues in the field and analyzes different strategies in social development.

Strategies for Social Development
Strategies for social development

The previous chapter reviewed a variety of theoretical issues in social development. This chapter goes beyond theoretical discussion to examine the different programmes, policies and strategies which have been adopted over the years to promote social development. While theory is of obvious importance in the field, social development is primarily a practical affair involving tangible programmes, policies and strategies for achieving specific goals. These practical activities need to be discussed in some detail.

However, it must be recognized that theory and practice in social development cannot be separated. Theory has shaped social development practice and the experiences of those who implement social development programmes have, in turn, informed theoretical thinking. The link between theory and practice is particularly clear ...

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