So what is human development?

Is it social work?

Is it human services?

Is it managing entitlements?

Is it the same as social services?


Perhaps a little bit of all of the above…

Except for one basic point:

The work of human development not only serves needs;

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT measures a current level of “quality of life,”

and then focuses on developing the capacity of individuals

to a measurably higher level of quality of life.


In other words…

the more human development works,

the less there will be need for traditional human services.



Our Mission is to promote the human interest in how we build, invest and govern so as to expand the capacity and productivity of individuals and families. We are driven by the basic human development ideal that communities grow and the bottom-line footprint of local government expands as more individuals are enabled to, and make the decision to live, grow, invest, consume and participate in DeKalb. 

Hence, our Human Development team pursues social innovation strategies to more effectively integrate existing poly-sector assets to accomplish measured cost-saving outcomes for the growth of the DeKalb community.


“The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart –not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.”

President Barack Obama


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