Multidimensional poverty measurement in China

OPHI is pleased to announce its collaboration with the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC). The IPRCC is developing a multidimensional measure of poverty in the Wu Ling Mountain Region, one of the poorest in China. To construct the measure it will field a new, purpose-built survey in this region, which crosses four provinces and has a mostly rural population of more than 36 million people. OPHI will support IPRCC’s work to design the survey and create a multidimensional poverty measure.

Noteworthy features of this multidimensional poverty index are that it will reflect the goals of the 2011-2020 development plan; combine household and village survey data with data on environmental conditions; and is expected to inform poverty reduction policies. The Wu Ling Mountain region has been identified as a ‘priority national anti-poverty region’ for the next ten years.

The IPRCC was established in 2005 by the Chinese government and the United Nations Development Programme, and is based in Beijing. Two members of the IPRCC will attend OPHI’s Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty in Jakarta in August 2012.