Future of Development
Indicators of development
Explain the use of indicators in relationship with development
Use examples that students have prepared
Introduce the meaning of the concept of sustainability: ‘seeing the big picture’
Translate sustainability to the Aruban landscape
Activity: formulate indicators for development
Time to reflect on the change-agent project
If we have extra time: watch parts of the NOS Aruba 2025 project
A statistic or measurement used to gauge the condition of something (simplified definition)
As a tool that should make it possible both to have a sense pf the state of specific system and also to report on that state to the whole of system, in other words to whole of the country (and afterwards, an other aggregated system levels eg. Supranational level, e.g. Millennium Goals)
Misunderstanding to avoid: an indicator is not an elementary item of information. It is information processed, so as to permit the study of an developmental phenomena.
Meaning has to been given to raw data!
Choosing indicators: criteria
The characteristics of a good indicator may be outlined as
Its ability to summarize information without distortions
Its co-ordinated and structured character, allowing it to be related to other indicators for a global analysis of the system
Its precision and comparability
Choosing indicators: criteria
It should make it possible to:
Measure how far or how close one is from an objective
Identify problematic or unacceptable situations
Meet policy (plan) concerns and to answer the question leading to its choice
Compare its value to a reference value, to a standars or to itself as computed for a different observation periodtrend monitoring, -analysis
Sustainable development (UN)
As expressed by the 1987 UN World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission):
sustainable development refers to the need to balance the satisfaction of near-term interests with the protection of the interests of future generations, including their interests in a safe and healthy environment.
12 development priorities for Aruba (Nos Aruba, 2025)
The twelve development priorities are:
Lifelong learning and personal development
Development of a sustainable Aruban culture through a holistic synthesis of all cultural aspects
Building the community from the inside-out
Stimulate and promote a healthy living
Sustained socio-economic development by means of diversification
Developing a nation of innovation = smart people + smart ideas
Sustainable tourism development
Enabling the international financial sector
Protecting the fragile environment
Energy management for a sustainable development
Promoting sustainable food supplies
Putting good governance principles in practice
Meaning of Sustainable development for Aruba integration of all the individual parts
For Aruba sustainable development is:
about developing our economy and ensuring that everyone can benefit from this.
At the same time, it is about our society, our culture and our environment.
It is about the connections between our quality of life and housing, open space, transport, education, crime-prevention, health; now and in the future.
The decisions, choices and the actions of today impact both us and our future generations.
Sustainable development recognizes the need for integrated decision-making.
Social, economic, and environmental factors all impact any given decision and in turn every decision has social, economic and environmental impacts
Awareness of these linkages is vital to responsible decision-making
Seeing the big picture
Aruban Model for Development
Activity: Formulate indicators
Reflect on the Aruban model of sustainable development that has emerged from the NISP (Nos Aruba, 2025)
Form groups of 3:
Choose 1 specific objective from the 12 developmental objectives (priorities)
try to formulate 2 indicators for your chosen objective