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Measuring well-being: what can international development learn from the health sector?

Written by Claire Melamed, Emma Samman

'What do we think we’re doing when we do ‘development’? Surely, it has to be about making lives better for people as they themselves experience them. But we know surprisingly little about how poor people actually define ‘making lives better’. And when it comes to aid allocation, poor people are rarely asked about their priorities.'