What is Wellbeing?
Our approach to wellbeing considers
what people have
or do not have (material); what people do or
cannot do with it (relational); what people think
or feel (subjective).
Grounded in practical
research in developing countries, we view wellbeing
as a process rather than a state or an outcome, and that
understand by wellbeing is context-specific.
Wellbeing is increasingly
recognised as the ultimate goal of community and development
programmes and public policy.
poses questions not only about what is good for individuals
and communities, but also the nature of the good society.
distinctive orientation is positive, holistic and person-centred.
Why Wellbeing in Developing Countries?
Considering wellbeing in
developing countries is important because such countries
- and especially poorer people within them - are particularly
to being characterized
negatively and in outsiders' terms.
on developing countries also brings to discussions of wellbeing
greater awareness of the importance of context and politics.