Malawi's report comprises nine separate essays written by different researchers. The theme for Malawi's first report is "Sustainable social and human development in Malawi: towards poverty alleviation"
The Ghana NHDR 1997 reviews the overall trend and the state of human development in Ghana, longevity, education and livelihoods as well as participation in the decision making process and the management of people’s fate.
The report on Chad handles human development in general. It provides some historical background and discusses development strategies undertaken since Chad's independence, the issue of poverty and the contemporary human development situation.