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Capability-Promoting PoliciesEnhancing Individual and Social Development$
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Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001

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The contribution to human development of social policies in the Central American Integration System

The contribution to human development of social policies in the Central American Integration System

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(p.85) Five The contribution to human development of social policies in the Central American Integration System
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Capability-Promoting Policies
Author(s):

Guillermo Bornemann-Martínez

Pedro Caldentey

Emilio J. Morales-Fernández

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.003.0005

This chapter examines the contribution to human development of social policies in the Central American Integration System (SICA), a tool for designing and implementing regional initiatives complementary to national policies. It considers whether the conceptual foundations of the social dimension in SICA are adequately defined and offers suggestions for redefining the social dimensions on the paradigm of human development and the capability approach. After providing an overview of the extent of human development and capability approaches in Central American development plans, the chapter discusses the progress of national social indicators in the region in terms of of the effectiveness of policies and indicators associated with human capabilities. In terms of regional policies, one proposal is to adjust the focus of the strategic approach of social integration in the SICA framework to the human development capabilities approach in member countries.

Keywords:   human development, social policies, Central American Integration System, capability approach, Central America, social integration, regional policies

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