|There is a growing recognition of the importance of equity to development, and many development agencies recognize equity as a central goal for their programming. However, while equity is used intuitively in development debates and programming, it seems that its meaning is not deafly understood. This is reflected in often shallow analysis about what equity is and what should be done to achieve it. Some human values are:|
|(i) Equal life chances: There should be no differences in outcomes based on factors tor which people cannot be held responsible|
|(ii) Equal concern for peopled needs: Some goods and services are necessities, and should be distributed according solely to the level of need.|
|(iii) Meritocracy: Positions, in society and rewards should reflect differences in. effort and ability, based on fair competition.|
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