Development is a comprehensive human need that manifests everywhere in one form or another, and is, therefore, the collective responsibility of the entire global community.
Acquisition of technology, tools, and material resources is simply modernization, which of itself does not constitute development.
Development occurs when a community is able to use resources and assets in a manner that contributes to their collective cultural, social, environmental, and economic welfare.
Development is an ongoing human activity that entails physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, environmental, and economic dimensions.
Each community determines for itself what constitutes development in its own context, and the terms on which that development transpires.
Legitimate and sustainable development occurs through partnerships based on mutual respect among all stakeholders, assistance providers and recipients alike, recognizing the mutual enrichment afforded through their shared interaction.
Global development and local empowerment are complementary concepts for understanding the evolution of social justice and human dignity.