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Register online: Special double launch event for Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2015 and OPHI’s new book

Book-front-cover-resizedJoin OPHI at a special event that combines the launch of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2015 and the launch of our new book, Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis. Guest contributors include Selim Jahan, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office, and Debopam Bhattacharya, Brian Nolan, Max Roser and Frances Stewart from the University of Oxford. More.

Chapters of OPHI's book on multidimensional poverty now available

Draft chapters of OPHI’s forthcoming book, ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis’, are now available to download as working papers. The book provides an in-depth account of multidimensional poverty measurement, with a particular focus on the Alkire Foster method.  The chapters will also be made available electronically on the book website over the coming weeks, alongside a range of study and teaching resources. The book will be published in hardcopy in June 2015 and is available to pre-order from Oxford University Press.

Side-event on the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index at Cartagena Data Festival

IMG_1482OPHI, the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network and the Government of Colombia hosted a side-event at the Cartagena Data Festival on 21 April. The event highlighted a new multidimensional poverty measure that can help to 'end poverty in all its forms everywhere' – a key component of the first goal of the final Open Working Group proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals.  

OPHI and MPPN host UN side-event on multidimensional poverty measurement

IMG_8530-croppedOPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) - a group of senior representatives from over 40 governments and international institutions - hosted a side-event on multidimensional poverty measurement at the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission on Monday 2 March.    

Multidimensional measures in the Sustainable Development Goals

OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network are calling for an integrated measure of multidimensional poverty to be included the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), to complement income poverty measures and show the interconnected deprivations people experience. Read more. OPHI also draws attention to the Gross National Happiness Index created by the Royal Government of Bhutan, a measure of progress which includes both economic and non-economic aspects of wellbeing. Find out more.

Chile announces national Multidimensional Poverty Index

The Chilean government announced its new national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) on 24 January 2015. The national MPI was announced at the same time as the government released its updated income poverty measure. Chile joins Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines and Bhutan as the fifth government to adopt officially a national MPI. Read more.

OPHI launches Global MPI updates for Winter 2014/2015

mpi2014_infographicsmpi2014_interactiveOPHI released the latest updates of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) on 7 January 2015. In total, the Global MPI now covers 110 countries, which are home to 78 per cent of the world’s population. Of this proportion, 30 per cent of people (1.6 billion) are identified as multidimensionally poor. Download the Winter 2014/2015 MPI highlights briefing on how poverty varies within countries. Further information can be found in our country-specific briefings,interactive databank, detailed Global MPI data tables and infographics.

A post-2015 headline indicator of multidimensional poverty

post_2015Poverty 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.

MPPN and OPHI propose post-2015 household survey modules

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) and OPHI, which acts as the Network's Secretariat, have launched light but powerful household survey modules, in response to the widely agreed need for a 'data revolution' post-2015. The draft survey modules, which are 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.

Multidimensional poverty measurement: Online training

mpi2014_videoOPHI's online training portal provides a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Videos are available for most of the sessions, as well as audio files, lecture slides, exercises and reading lists. Spanish-language materials are also available from an intensive training course on multidimensional poverty analysis run by OPHI in Managua, Nicaragua and hosted by the Universidad Centroamericana. En Español.

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