This chapter presents two groups of ethical issues in development. The first are ‘intrinsic’, based on ideas about the nature of development or the nature of worthwhile development. Thus anti-development (post-development) theory claims that development is inherently damaging; alternatively, the development ethics founded by Denis Goulet identifies values that distinguish worthwhile development from undesirable maldevelopment. I identify seven such values: worthwhile development must promote well-being, equity, empowerment, human rights, cultural freedom, environmental sustainability, and integrity against corruption. The second group of ‘extrinsic’ issues includes dilemmas that face development practitioners and policymakers; value linkages (e.g., the difficulty of enhancing well-being without empowering people); and issues of who is responsible for promoting worthwhile development.

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Drydyk, J. (2016). Ethical issues in development. In The Palgrave Handbook of International Development (pp. 55–76). doi:10.1057/978-1-137-42724-3_4