The NHDR 2002 focuses on the issue of rural development, as over 40% of the country's population currently lives in rural areas. The Report thus provides a detailed comparative analysis of human development for the second largest population group in the country.
This year's Report focuses on "work and well-being" and addresses the issue of providing employment of quality. The Report aims at highlighting the relationships between growth, employment, poverty and human development.
This first Report focuses on the interactions between sustainable livelihoods and human development in the context of globalization. The Report begins with a frank assessment of the human development status in the state.
Maharashtra's first HDR acknowledges the state's unique experience in human development, highlighting progress made in poverty eradication, education, health, employment and people's participation in local governance.
The Third Human Development Report records progress made on the human development agenda, reporting on action undertaken and on the uses of democracy for development. By doing so, it highlights substantial progress made in the access to primary and elementary education, now almost universalized.