The 12 Categories

The 12 categories are inspired by the Social Foundations of the Doughnut Economics Model. The social foundations in their turn, are inspired by the social aims of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

 
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Energy

Everyone should have access to affordable, modern, and clean energy. Well-being is negatively affected by very low consumption of energy, use of dirty or polluting fuels, and excessive time spent collecting fuel to meet basic needs.


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Food

We need new food systems where food production improves rather than degrades the environment and where people have access to sufficient, healthy and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

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Health

Within the social foundations, health refers to the interconnected dimensions of physical, mental, and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent. 


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Water

Access to safe and sufficient drinking water at an affordable cost in order to meet basic needs, including sanitation and hygiene, and safeguard health and levels of well-being.  Access to clean water is an essential precondition for good health, livelihoods, ecosystems and productive economies.

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Political Voice

Respect for free speech and protection of democracy. The authority to choose their governing legislation. Cornerstones include freedom of assembly and speech, inclusiveness and equality, membership, consent, voting, right to life and minority rights.

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Gender Equality

The state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviours, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.

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Education

Access to quality education is the foundation of improving people’s lives. The right to education includes access to free primary, secondary or basic education, improving the quality of education and avoiding discrimination at all levels of the education system.

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Income & Work

Providing a foundation that promotes sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, through decent work, adequate income, and addressing the housework gender gap.

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Social Equity

Focused on the ideals of justice and fairness of social policy. It refers to the fair, just, and equitable distribution of public services and implementation of public policy; and the commitment to promote fairness, justice, and equity in the formation of public policy regardless of gender, sexuality, race, or religion.

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Housing

International human rights law recognizes everyone’s right to an adequate standard of living, including adequate housing. It refers to equal and non-discriminatory access to adequate and affordable housing for the purpose of providing shelter, security, and safety.

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Peace & Justice

To address and promote peaceful and inclusive societies, paving the way for the provision of access to justice and fairness for all and for building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

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Networks

The social capital and networks of relationships people need for the effective functioning of social groups. Social capital is a set of shared values that allows individuals to work together in a group to effectively achieve a common purpose. The idea is generally used to describe how members are able to band together in society to live harmoniously.

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“Today's Economy is Divisive and Degenerative by Default.
Tomorrow's Economy Must be Distributive and Regenerative by Design.”

Kate Raworth

 

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