Poverty reduction is not just about a country's economic development. It is also about a complex set of challenges, such as a lack of access to nutritious food, clean water, adequate health care, and basic education. At times, these challenges are made even more difficult by conflict and environmental degradation. The development challenges index provides information about these and other areas requiring international assistance.
Through their efforts to meet these key development challenges, world leaders are also working to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015.