New OPHI Working Paper on multidimensional poverty in Colombia

OPHI Working Paper 62, titled ‘A Counting Multidimensional Poverty Index in Public Policy Context: the case of Colombia’ has been written by Roberto Carlos Angulo Salazar, Beatriz Yadira Díaz and Renata Pardo Pinzón. The authors present the Colombian Multidimensional Poverty Index (CMPI), a synthetic indicator that overcomes the methodological problems that arose from previous multidimensional indices, and that has a broad scope of public policy use.

The CMPI is based on the Alkire and Foster method (2010) and is composed of five dimensions (education of household members, childhood and youth conditions, health, employment and access to household utilities and living conditions). In the paper, the authors propose that the CMPI should be used to track multiple deprivations nationally, to monitor public policies by sector and to design poverty reduction goals, among other public policy uses. You can read the paper here.

Colombia is a member of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), a network of policymakers exploring or implementing multidimensional poverty measures in their countries to improve policy responses. Read more about the MPPN here, and read about Colombia’s progress in developing a multidimensional measure here.