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President Correa launches new national MPI for Ecuador

MPIlogo_webEcuador has become the latest country to launch its own National Multidimensional Poverty Index. The Index, which has been developed with technical support from OPHI, was presented by the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, at an event in Quito on 5 February, 2016. OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, who attended the presentation, congratulated Ecuador on the elaboration of a National MPI and said that the Index will be very helpful in Ecuador’s efforts to tackle poverty and ensure that policy efforts leave no one behind. Read more…

OPHI to host 2016 Summer School in Beijing, China

Participants at OPHI training courseThe annual OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement will be held in Beijing, China, from 1-14 August 2016. The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Information for prospective applicants will be added to this webpage in the next few weeks.

New OPHI Working Paper on how to measure destitution

Child fetching dirty water
A reduction in overall poverty may not necessarily improve the situations of the poorest members of society; the destitute. In order to reach and assist this group of people, it is crucial to distinguish them from people who are ‘moderately’ poor. The new OPHI Working Paper, Identifying Destitution through Linked Subsets of Multidimensionally Poor: An Ordinal Approach (pdf), discusses how best to measure who is destitute. The Working Paper is written by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and OPHI Research Associate Suman Seth.

New report on child poverty

A new report from Save the Children, Child poverty: What drives it and what it means to children across the world, (pdf) looks at the situation of children living in poverty across the world. It shines a light on the drivers of child poverty and explores why it persists, even in some very wealthy locations. Read more…

Global MPI updates – Winter 2015/16

OPHI has updated its Global Multidimensional Poverty Index. As new datasets have become available for Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Malawi and Yemen, these countries now have updated MPI estimations. The Global MPI now includes data for 990 subnational regions across 78 countries; covering nearly all MPI poor people worldwide. Read more…

Why map poverty?

One of the the strengths of measuring multidimensional poverty levels is that the results can be broken down and used to generate poverty maps. Such maps give an immediate, at-a-glance impression of where poverty is most acute, and where interventions are most urgently needed. Read more…

Videos and interviews from the MPPN High Level Annual Meeting 2015

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network is a South-South initiative that supports policymakers to develop multidimensional poverty measures. Its 2015 meeting took place in Cartagena, Colombia. Watch videos of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivering the keynote speech (in Spanish), a round table discussion of Colombian ministers working on the MPI, and OPHI Director Sabina Alkire on the role of the Global MPI for the Sustainable Development Goals. China, South Africa, Honduras, Vietnam and Turkey were among the countries that presented their experiences with national MPIs, and experts from Costa Rica, Senegal and the Philippines were interviewed about their MPI processes. More information (on the MPPN website).

The 2015 Bhutan Gross National Happiness Index

The 2015 Index was presented at the Conference on Gross National Happiness Index 2015 by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchoen Tshering Togbay. The Prime Minister’s keynote address drew on the history, development and perspectives of the GNH Index and reported on the 2015 findings. “Over forty years since its introduction, Bhutan has ensured that GNH has been the unifying force behind all policy formulation, and has shaped the country’s five-year planning cycle. The GNH Index is guided by a domain-based conceptual framework that shifts the focus solely from the economy alone, or from subjective happiness alone, to include other critical domains of people’s lives that lead to enhanced wellbeing.” Read full speech.

Development of indicators for the SDGs

The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be used and reported at a global level to track progress towards meeting the global goals. The animated and invigorating exchanges were wonderfully co-chaired by Dr Lisa Bersales (Philippines) and Dr Enrique Ordaz (Mexico). More information (on the UNStats website).

High-level side event on multidimensional poverty at UN General Assembly

At this critical juncture in the process of finalising how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be measured, this important side event, hosted by the Republic of Costa Rica, showed the importance of embedding a multidimensional measure of poverty within the new framework. Specifically the 20 eminent speakers stressed how a Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), as a core (tier one) indicator within the SDGs, can energise a coordinated, effective and multi-sectoral attack on poverty in all its dimensions (and thus help to measure Target 1.2 of the SDGs). Read a report of the event.




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