The process of improving the quality of human lives around the world. Development includes three aspects:
- Raising people’s living levels - incomes and consumption levels of food, medical services, education.
- The growth of people’s self-esteem through systems and institutions which promote human dignity and respect.
- Increasing people’s freedom to choose by enlarging the range of their choices, for example a greater variety of consumer goods and services.
--BBC's Guide to Development Speak
TIP: Most of the major development websites have a section called "manuals" or "toolkits" which have excellent "how to" information.