This paper is concerned with the role of personhood in development. I will be looking
at the extent to which the influential model of development proposed by Amartya Sen
does justice to the category of personhood. I will provide an overview of the work of
Sen in the area of development and then provide some critical engagement. Drawing
from the work of Sen this article provides some pointers or markers towards an
approach to development as missionary role. Bosch's phrase 'creative tension'
provides a key principle for an approach to development.