Poverty and gender inequality is identified to be the main obstacles to Kenya's human development. Women form a disproportionately large proportion of the poor and the report tries to find the connection between the two.
The report finds that Benin is one of the least advanced countries in the region, with very weak development indicators. This makes it particularly important to take strong action to improve the situation.
The SADC HDR of 1998 is a milestone in the gathering and compilation of critical information in the Southern African Development Community. This report provides vital information on the region's performance in trying to improve the quality of life for the people of the region.