Ministers and senior policymakers from over 30 governments and international institutions gathered in Berlin from 7-8th July
to discuss the importance of multidimensional measures of poverty as a powerful policy tool for enhanced poverty reduction at the national and global levels. They also endorsed multidimensional poverty as an overall goal of the new Sustainable Development Goals, and championed the creation of a new Multidimensional Poverty Index 2015+ to support the post-2015 agenda. Keynote speeches were given by:
Hon Dr Kenny Anthony
, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
HE Dr Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
, Vice-President of the Dominican Republic
Juan Manuel Valle Pereña
, Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, Government of Mexico
Key findings and a wealth of resources from the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2014
are available following the launch of this year's results on 16 June 2014. You can download the data
, browse country-specific profiles
and case studies
, and read new studies on: who are the destitute and where do they live
; what percentage of MPI poor people live in rural vs urban areas
; reducing MPI poverty
– which low-income and least-developed countries have shown impressive leadership; and inequality among the poor and disparity across regions
. Access Global MPI 2014 resources.
The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
(MPPN) and OPHI, which acts as the Network's Secretariat, have launched a collaborative draft proposal for a light but powerful household survey,
in response to the widely agreed need for a 'data revolution' post-2015. The draft survey, which is offered to spark discussion and invite improvement, reflects the technical, cultural, and political insights of MPPN members, and was deemed to be feasible and informative across a wide range of country contexts. It aims to provide large-scale, multi-topic data that are frequent and accurate, gendered and reflect the post-2015 process. We welcome your comments. Find out more.
Pakistan to develop a national Multidimensional Poverty Index
Pakistan's Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and OPHI have signed an agreement to develop a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan. The signing marks the beginning of the process of regularly calculating a new poverty index for Pakistan which will be based on the Alkire Foster method
developed at OPHI. The announcement of the agreement followed a 10-day training course on the AF method run by OPHI at the Pakistan Planning and Management Institute in Islamabad. You can read more here
The Government of the Philippines has adopted an official multidimensional poverty measure in its updated Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016). The measure has been used to set a key poverty reduction target in an effort to secure inclusive growth and improvements in quality of life in the country, which has nearly 97 million inhabitants. The updated plan, which spells out the government’s policy actions and investment priorities in 2014-2016, pledges to reduce the incidence of multidimensional poverty to 16-18 percent. The new multidimensional poverty indicator is based on the Alkire Foster method
for multidimensional measurement, which has been adapted to the national context and priorities of the Philippines
. You can read more here
The International Poverty Reduction Center of China (IPRCC)
hosted a two-day International Workshop on Accurate Poverty Alleviation and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement on 27-28 March 2014, in Beijing, China. The workshop was opened by Zheng Wenkai (right, with OPHI's Sabina Alkire), Deputy Director General of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China, and Dr. Zuo Changsheng, Director General of the IPRCC. It was attended by members of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
, who shared their experiences of using a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)
. The workshop built on the work of the IPRCC with OPHI over the last years in developing an MPI methodology
for use in China. Read more.
OPHI's lunchtime seminar series has now ended for the term, but you can still listen to many of the presentations that were given and browse our archives for talks from previous terms. The series provides an opportunity to hear lectures on issues relating to OPHI’s research themes,
with many of the seminars made available as audio podcasts
on our website afterwards. You can browse previous lectures, download presentations and view the full listings on our seminar series page.
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