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Manfred Max-Neef

Manfred Arthur Max-Neef is a Chilean economist and environmentalist. Mainly known for his human development model based on Fundamental human needs. Max-Neef started his career as a teacher of economics at the University of California, Berkeley in the early 1960s.

Max-Neef travelled through Latin America and the United States, as a visiting Professor in various universities, as well as living with and researching the poor. He worked with the problem of development in the Third World, describing the inappropriateness of conventional models of development, that have lead to poverty, debt and ecological disasters for Third World communities.

In 1981, Max-Neef wrote From the Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics, a narrative of his travels among the poor in South America. In the same year, he founded CEPAUR (Centre for Development Alternatives).

Related websites

WorldCat Identities

Right Lifelihood Award's website

World Future Council

Max-Neef on Human Needs and Human-scale Development

Big Picture TV

El desarrollo a la medida humana from Desarrollo y Cooperacion (March/April 2002)

Economic Investigation by Hermann Max, Manfred Max-Neef's son

May 6, 2009 News Release from Saint Francis University

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