OPHI Director’s post features on World We Want poverty eradication debate

A post by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire features on the World We Want thematic consultation on the question ‘How is poverty eradication best pursued?’. The World We Want is a platform created by the United Nations to engage people’s voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development.

In the post, Alkire writes about the crucial importance of considering how poor people themselves define poverty. She suggests that a new headline indicator of multidimensional poverty, the MPI2015+, could be used alongside an income measure to show how people are poor (what disadvantages they experience at the same time); to which regions or ethnic groups they belong; and the inequalities among those living in poverty.

The MPI2015+ was proposed by the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) at a side-event at the UN General Assembly in September for the measurement of poverty in the post-2015 context. The design of the measure would enable it to reflect participatory and expert inputs in terms of the dimensions and indicators chosen.

You can the post here, and read more about the MPI2015+ here.