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Endogenous and self-reliant models of civilization and development styles can be understood only in the plural. They do not require a global normative approach, but exchange of experiences. Another development is in harmony with the environment Geared towards the satisfaction of needs, endogenous and self-reliant, another development must necessarily take into account the environment-the framework and the very condition of the life of human societies. Survival and solidarity with future generations prohibits the transgression of the 'outer limits' of the biosphere.
What is undoubtedly most important is to initiate a process of improvement on the basis of a determined poverty line, however arbitrary. Once this line has been reached, the social dynamic set in motion will automatically invalidate it and thereby help to raise it further, especially if a society can summon up the will and the means to institutionalize a political procedure based on dialogue between the different levels of the community-local, regional, national and, no doubt, international-and if it can create conditions in which each level can assume responsibility for those decisions which concern it and for those solutions which it is better placed than central decision-making levels to define and implement.
It is possible-and UNICEF has shown this in agood many projects which, rather than remaining exemplary, ought to become general practice-to supply indispensable nutritional elements to young children; this holds even more true for the range of services which concern health and edu- Towards another development cation: by improving the living conditions ofthe poorest masses one enhances their productive capacity; by ensuring the satisfaction of the physiological needs of vulnerable groups one lays the basis for the fuller development of the next generation.