Wales Solidarity Campaign report on Human Development conference

Our friends at the Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign also attended the recent Human Development and Capability Association conference, held in Managua in September. Here is their report –

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More good news from Nicaragua, at least if you’re one of the millions of ordinary people in the country. A conference in Managua in September, organised by the Human Development and Capability Association, heard that Nicaragua would meet all its Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The HDCA is the brain-child of Amartya Sen, the Nobel Prize winning development Economist. Attending the event, Sen emphasised the need for policies that combined growth with investment in public services – health and education – leading to greater re-distribution.

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Nicaragua drew praise from the World Bank (a common occurrence these days) for the way that incomes of the poorest 40% have grown four times as fast as for the entire population. But anyone who is familiar with Nicaragua’s struggle to achieve the Millennium Goals – a distant prospect under a succession of neo-liberal governments – will be glad to hear the words of the…

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I live in León, Nicaragua, between volcanos and crocodile filled mangrove forests. I'm on the board of SosteNica, a socially responsible investment organization from the U.S. and working freelance to support organic and fair trade agriculture for both local and export markets. I'm happy to be part of a vibrant movement creating innovative ways of encouraging the implementation of methods of farming that are environmentally sustainable as well as profitable for small farmers. I think our society needs to change our value system to encourage sustainability and self-satisfaction in life over constant economic growth. Dancing, gardening, supporting local business and community, working with design, art, and handcrafts, and cooking with lots of local vegetables are a few other things I enjoy.

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