The poorest people in any society are the hardest to reach. They live in remote and inaccessible areas, are scattered and isolated, or else crowded in urban slums. They are the least skilled, they have the fewest productive resources and they have little access to high productivity employment. Growth tends to pass them by, and the public services fail to touch their lives unless specific measures are taken. It is important in formulating national strategies for the next decade of development for policy makers repeatedly to ask themselves: Growth for whom ?
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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