The CARIAA-ASSAR Working Paper ‘Subjective Wellbeing Analysis as a means of achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Evidences from the semi-arid villages in Maharashtra’ by Bidisha Sinha and Ramkumar Bendapudi, explores the importance of using the group- differentiated needs and satisfaction according to caste, gender and age for achieving policies that benefit all.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to achieve a set of Economic, Social and Environmental targets by 2030. With an end target of improving human and environmental wellbeing, various governmental policies are required to align with these goals. Subjective Wellbeing studies look at analysing the needs and satisfaction of the people in a community in order to understand what, according to them, contributes to their wellbeing. This paper seeks to understand what forms the major “needs” in a rural sample of Maharashtra and what areas would possibly contribute to policies if the subjective wellbeing of the subjects is prioritised.