This report is devoted to the concept of human development. This encompasses a broader perspective than the UNDP concept of human development. For example, the report includes such issues as religious faith and devotion, morality and value systems.
The 1996 Bangladesh report gives equal weight to two different approaches to assess human development and poverty, an analytical study by academics using data and survey results and a comprehensive participatory appraisal by poor people themselves.
The report presents the level of human development in the districts of Madhya Pradesh, provides a calculation of a district-level HDI and provides a database of outcomes, allowing the authors to set human development goals and targets.
The Philippines is slowly emerging from the social ruins caused by decades of economic mismanagement and political dictatorship. The government can now afford to consider national goals besides mere survival. The concept of human development has been advanced precisely to address this.
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.