The report attempts to give an insight into the processes underlying the development of the human development indicators. Four issues have been chosen for examination in detail, each being covered in a separate chapter.
The report gives a good overview of the human development situation in Ethiopia. An interesting aspect of the report is the disaggregation of HDI, showing the human development situation at regional and urban/rural levels.
The theme of the 1996 Namibia NHDR is 'Economic Growth for Human Development'. The Namibia Report finds that despite slow per capita economic growth and severe inequalities, the Government has managed to invest heavily in basic human development.
The Human Development Index has been applied for the first time in Venezuela as a result of the fifth anniversary of the UN. Their results are an important information source for planning and for restructuring and modernization of state processes.
The available statistics on Bangladesh and its people indicate the depth of deprivation prevailing for a major part of its large polpulation. In comparison with other countries in the region, Bangladesh scores low on human development.