Poland's 1998 report reviews inequalities in access to education against the background of human rights, of long-term changes in human development, as well as new requirements for learning determined by the needs of the "knowledge society". The NHDR 1998 reveals that sub-regional disparities in human development have increased in Poland. The pattern of these disparities, however, have not changed, with the lowest levels of human development in rural areas and the highest in regions with large urban centres. The report contains many concrete policy recommendations to improve the uneven quality of education provision. These include, improvement of early child education through better access to kindergartens, improvement of mobility within the school system to ensure better access to full secondary education, restoration of the social functions of schools and provision of free public tertiary education.
The 1998 Moldova NHDR examines the topic "The Role of the State in Social Cohesion", the main idea being to analyze the impact of the Moldovan model of transition on the society.
The Lithuanian Human Development Report 1998
(LHDR-98)is the fourth in a series of annual national
reports financed and conceptually supported by the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)in
Lithuania since 1995.Its theme has been inspired by
the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. Human rights and sustainable human
development are both dynamic, interdependent and
mutually reinforcing concepts. The report covers a wide
range of human development issues based on the
human rights approach.
The theme of the Latvia Human Development Report 1998 is promoting people-centered development, in other words, development whose purpose and point of reference is human welfare. The report analyzes the connection between economic and social processes, raises issues concerning Latvia’s human development priorities and provides concrete policy recommendations. It acknowledges that reforms associated with transition have not only broadened people’s opportunities, but also led to such negative results as poverty, unemployment, and the stratification of society, thus retarding human development. The report pays special attention to co-operative mechanisms that could limit these negative results and instill greater dynamism in the process of human development. Therefore, the report examines “the main players” — the individual, the state, and the private sector – and analyzes how to promote their harmonious interaction and joint efforts to achieve the goals of human development. Thus the concept of a partnership between the individual, the state, and the private sector is at the center of the report.