An Introduction to Human Well-Being, Policy and South Asia Region
This chapter highlights the importance of human well-being (HWB) in general and in South Asia more particularly, taking its direction from South Asia’s emphasis on religious beliefs and the region’s very rich cultural history that has shaped human civilizations worldwide. A link between human development and HWB is established in order to argue the importance of public policy in improving living conditions for eight of the region’s largest and most influential countries, now and in the past, e.g., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Brief histories of these countries are given, which demonstrate contemporary developments in their socio-economic sphere. The geographic size and demographics of these eight countries and the region as a whole is depicted for policy consideration. The emergence of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as a unifying agency for all South Asian countries to pursue common goals, has been described in the chapter. Towards the end of the chapter, synopses of the other chapters are provided.
KeywordsHuman well-being South Asia Public policy Afghanistan Bangladesh Bhutan India The Maldives Nepal Pakistan Sri Lanka
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