Alkire speaks on Sustainable Development Goals and MPI

OPHI Director Sabina Alkire spoke at a meeting of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals on 18 April, taking part in a session on poverty eradication.

Almost every country was represented at the session, where the keynote address was given by Professor Abhijit Banerjee, International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Olaf Kjørven, Assistant Secretary-General of UNDP, introduced an issues note prepared by the UN System Technical Support Team.

Alkire spoke about the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), also presented. An animated discussion filled the remainder of the three-hour session.

Alkire went on to take part in a conference on ‘Growth, Poverty, and Inequality: Confronting the Challenges of a Better Life for All in Africa‘, held at Cornell University on 19-20 April in honour of Erik Thorbecke.

The conference was organised by the Institute for African Development at Cornell University and the African Economic Research Consortium. Alkire presented jointly with OPHI Research Associate Professor James Foster on changes in multidimensional poverty over time in 12 African countries (see ‘How Multidimensional Poverty went Down‘).

On 22 April, Alkire spoke at the Centre for International Development (CID) at Harvard University, as part of CID’s Special Speaker Series. Alkire, who is a Research Associate at Harvard, gave a presentation on ‘Reducing Multidimensional Poverty: An Analysis of MPI Trends Over Time’.