Analysing wellbeing: a framework for development practice

Sarah C White

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This article presents a framework for analysing wellbeing in development practice, drawing on the work of the Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group (WeD). Wellbeing is viewed as a social process with material, relational, and subjective dimensions. Wellbeing may be assessed at individual and collective levels, but at base is something that happens in relationship - between individual and collective; between local and global; between people and state. The article considers potential hazards in taking wellbeing as focus, and concludes by considering what real difference such a focus could make.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-172
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • methods
  • social sector
  • Health and wellbeing


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