Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko (2009). "Social evaluation from the human rights perspective: proposal for an index of economic and social rights fulfillment" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

Although human rights and development evolved as separate fields of study and policy over the 20th century, in the last decade, the realization of all human rights – economic, social, cultural, civil and political – has become widely accepted as an important end of the development process. The concept of ‘human rights based development’ has gained ground as a development discourse and as an operating principle of many development agencies. Sen has clarified the conceptual overlap between human rights and human capabilities, and subsequent work in the Human Development Reports and elsewhere have developed complementarity between capabilities/human development and human rights approaches to development. This paper develops a human rights based approach to social evaluation and identifies features that are distinct from the human rights approach. It uses a new index of economic and social rights fulfillment to demonstrate these differences