Keynote Address by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchoen Tshering Togbay to the Conference on Gross National Happiness Index 2015
Read the Prime Minister’s keynote address in which he draws on the history, development and perspectives of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index and reports 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
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). Click here for the full report.
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.
OPHI, in collaboration with the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), is inviting applications for a training course in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement that will be hosted in Dakar, Senegal. The course will take place from 30 November-6 December, 2015. The purpose of this intensive training 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. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty will be presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach. Click HERE for more information, and for the online application form.
OPHI has released the 2015 annual updates of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). In total, the Global MPI now covers 101 countries, which are home to 75 per cent of the world’s population. Of this proportion, 30 per cent of people (1.6 billion) are identified as multidimensionally poor. Download a 2-page and 8-page overview of key findings from the Global MPI, as well briefing papers on destitution and multidimensional poverty in China. Further information can be found in our country-specific briefings,interactive databank, and detailed Global MPI data tables. Find out more and watch a video from the launch event on 22 June 2015.
Now published: OPHI’s book on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis
OPHI’s new book on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis is now available to order from Oxford University Press. The book provides an in-depth account of multidimensional poverty comparison methodologies, with a particular focus on the Alkire-Foster Method. Draft chapters are also available on the book website, alongside study and teaching resources. A video from the book launch in Oxford on 22 June 2015 is available to view online.
Third annual meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network held in Cartagena, Colombia
The third annual meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was hosted by the Government of Colombia from 2-3 June 2015. More than 100 policymakers and senior officials, including President Santos of Colombia, came together for the two-day event to discuss developing and applying multidimensional poverty measures. Read more.
OPHI, 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 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.
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.
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.