Manfred Max-Neef

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Manfred Max-Neef "is a Chilean economist who has gained an international reputation for his work and writing on development alternatives. In addition to a long academic career, Max-Neef achieved an impressive minority vote when he stood as candidate in the Chilean Presidential election of 1993. He was subsequently appointed Rector of the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia. In 1981 he wrote the book for which he is best known, From the Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics. It describes his experiences as an economist attempting to practice 'economics as if people matter' among the poor in South America. In the same year he set up in Chile the organization CEPAUR (Centre for Development Alternatives), dedicated to the reorientation of development in terms of stimulating local self-reliance and satisfying fundamental human needs. He has worked on development projects in Latin America for the Pan-American Union, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Labour Office." [1]

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  1. Science and Policy Advisory Council, Global Footprint Network, accessed April 24, 2008.
  2. Directors, The Other Economic Summit, accessed March 3, 2009.
  3. Solutions Journal Editorial Board, organizational web page, accessed June 18, 2013.