The NHDR 2002 focuses on the issue of rural development, as over 40% of the country's population currently lives in rural areas. The Report thus provides a detailed comparative analysis of human development for the second largest population group in the country.
The report is on the theme of "The 2002 Human Development Index: Municipalities in the Context of Districts". Comparison between municipal and district human development indices reveals stark contrasts between neighbouring municipalities belonging to one and the same district.
This first Report focuses on the interactions between sustainable livelihoods and human development in the context of globalization. The Report begins with a frank assessment of the human development status in the state.
Maharashtra's first HDR acknowledges the state's unique experience in human development, highlighting progress made in poverty eradication, education, health, employment and people's participation in local governance.
The Third Human Development Report records progress made on the human development agenda, reporting on action undertaken and on the uses of democracy for development. By doing so, it highlights substantial progress made in the access to primary and elementary education, now almost universalized.
Mongolia in the past fifty years achieved and sustained relatively high levels of education, health and income despite its large, land-locked territory, harsh climate, low natural productivity and widely dispersed population.
The Tamil Nadu HDR (2003) provides insights into the process of development of a state characterized by heavy industrialization, urbanization and good growth rates (marginally ahead of fifteen major Indian States).