A paper by OPHI’s Sabina Alkire and Suman Seth is now available online in a special issue of Social Indicators Research (Volume III, No. 1, March 2013), which has been edited by Alkire and OPHI Research Associate Maria Emma Santos.
‘Selecting a Targeting Method to Identify BPL Households in India’, first published as OPHI Working Paper 53, proposes how to select a methodology to target multidimensionally poor households, and how to update that targeting exercise periodically. The methodology is presented in the context of discussions regarding the selection of a targeting methodology in India. In 1992, 1997, and 2002 the Indian government identified households that are below the poverty line (BPL) and in updating the 2002 methodology, alternative methods have been proposed and vigorously debated. The emphasis of this paper is to illustrate how a particular targeting method can be justified, rather than to advocate any particular solution.
Alkire and Seth’s paper is the fourth from the special issue to be made available online, following papers by José Manuel Roche, Yélé Maweki Batana and Viviane Azevedo and Marcos Robles (see New! Special issue of Social Indicators Research).