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Investigation on Human Development Needs, Challenges, and Drivers for Transition to Sustainable Development: The Case of Qatar

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Division of Sustainable Development, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Doha 34110, Qatar
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Islamic Economy and Finance Group, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Doha 34110, Qatar
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Doha 23874, Qatar
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Academic Editor: Carla Maria Marques Curado
Sustainability 2022, 14(6), 3705; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063705
Received: 30 December 2021 / Revised: 12 February 2022 / Accepted: 11 March 2022 / Published: 21 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability on Education Policies)
Human development has been widely accepted as both the primary goal and driver of sustainable development. Human development is critically important for countries attempting a radical transformation from a resource-based economy to knowledge-based, sustainable development, like Qatar. This paper examines Qatar’s human development needs and challenges with respect to its economic, demographic, and educational development goals. Following a comprehensive literature review, domain-specific documentary information and data were collected and analyzed, along with qualitative insights and data obtained through semi-structured interviews with local professionals from various sectors, to gather opinions about the needs, challenges, drivers, and recommendations for human development. A preliminary integrated policy framework and set of recommendations for human development planning are proposed as a guide, for Qatar and similar countries, for transitioning from a resource-based economy to knowledge-based sustainable development. This framework and the understanding of the needs, challenges, and drivers based on the qualitative research, in conjunction and in comparison with the literature analysis, are expected to assist decision-makers in devising, and more importantly implementing, tailored policies and roadmaps focused on four key dimensions: skills (education), citizenship, leadership, and health. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; human development; human capital; human capacity; Qatar; resource-based economy; knowledge economy sustainable development; human development; human capital; human capacity; Qatar; resource-based economy; knowledge economy
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Mohamed, B.H.; Disli, M.; Al-Sada, M.b.S.; Koç, M. Investigation on Human Development Needs, Challenges, and Drivers for Transition to Sustainable Development: The Case of Qatar. Sustainability 2022, 14, 3705. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063705

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Mohamed BH, Disli M, Al-Sada MbS, Koç M. Investigation on Human Development Needs, Challenges, and Drivers for Transition to Sustainable Development: The Case of Qatar. Sustainability. 2022; 14(6):3705. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063705

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Mohamed, Btool H., Mustafa Disli, Mohammed b.S. Al-Sada, and Muammer Koç. 2022. "Investigation on Human Development Needs, Challenges, and Drivers for Transition to Sustainable Development: The Case of Qatar" Sustainability 14, no. 6: 3705. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063705

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