Beyond goals and targets: Future of social development

Manohar Pawar, James Midgley

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By presenting the summary and main argument of each chapter, which discuss respective eleven themes—social development, Millennium Development Goal (MDG) progress, human rights, participation, peace, gender, environment, religion and spirituality, ageing, social protection, and partnership—this concluding chapter suggests to look at beyond goals and targets, though they are important. It argues that the future of social development should focus on eight crucial areas. These are clinging to core values and principles; research, knowledge creation and dissemination, and training; coordination of multidisciplinary professionals and multidisciplinary knowledge; shift in consumption patterns; creating a less unequal, peaceful, just, happy, and contented societies; regard to epistemological breadth and depth; application of technologies and technological innovations for the advancement social development; and most importantly focusing on social innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture directions in social development
EditorsJames Midgley, Manohar Pawar
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781137445988
ISBN (Print)9781137445971
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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