Poverty is more than a lack of income. A million voices have said so in the A Million Voices: World We Want
report. A post-2015 agenda in which the focus in on ending $1.25/day poverty will miss these insights, and is unlikely to mean the end of the many overlapping disadvantages faced by people living in poverty, including malnutrition, poor sanitation, a lack of electricity, or ramshackle schools. That is why OPHI and 25+ governments and institutions in the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
(MPPN) are calling for an integrated multidimensional poverty measure
post-2015 to draw attention to the bundles of deprivations poor people describe – and live.
You can now read the call for action issued by the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) along with the World Bank, UNDP and OECD, at a special side-event at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013 on ‘Multidimensional poverty measurement in the post-2015 development context’.
Panelists at the event included ministers from Germany, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Morocco, Nigeria and Chile, as well as representatives of the OECD, UNDP and the World Bank, and OPHI’s Director Sabina Alkire. On-demand webcast coverage and highlights from the event are available here.
Spanish-language materials from the intensive training course on multidimensional poverty analysis run by OPHI in Managua, Nicaragua, are now available on our website. The course, which was hosted by the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), was led by OPHI's research team, and provided a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. To access presentations, exercises and more, click here. En Español
OPHI's Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis took place
in July at George Washington University's Institute for International Economic Policy in Washington DC, USA. Led by OPHI's Director and Research Officers, the intensive Summer School provided a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. To access presentations, readings, exercises and more, click here.
You can now watch video recordings and download presentations from all the public events held to launch a new Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network in Oxford on 6-7 June 2013. The network, for policymakers engaged in implementing multidimensional poverty measures, enables early adopters to share their experiences directly with other members.
The launch events included a Policy Symposium, at which Colombia and Mexico presented their official national measures, and high-level representatives of China, Mexico, Morocco, India, Brazil, Malaysia and El Salvador discussed their explorations in poverty measurement. A series of roundtables was also held, on national and subnational applications of multidimensional measures. You can see the agenda for 6-7 June and download the podcasts and presentations here.
President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia formally launched the network with a speech to participants; you can watch the video here and read the transcript of his speech here. You can also read about the launch events of 6-7 June here.
On 6 June, OPHI was delighted to host a Distinguished Public Lecture by our advisor Amartya Sen,
Nobel laureate in Economics and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. The lecture, on the subject ‘Discovery of Women’, was given in a packed Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, and was chaired by the Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University. Watch a podcast of the lecture in full.
Key findings and analysis
You can access our findings through a range of resources, including briefings, maps, working papers and data tables.