OPHI staff in Brazil for seminar, MPI training

Training in Minas GeraisTwo members of OPHI’s outreach team, John Hammock and Mauricio Apablaza, have been in Brazil this week, working with the State Government of Minas Gerais and the João Pinheiro Foundation (FJP) to support the implementation of a Multidimensional Poverty Index in 130 of the state’s municipalities.

Apablaza and Hammock also presented at the ‘International Seminar on Multidimensional Poverty: Beyond Income‘ in Belo Horizonte on 5 November, along with OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, who participated via a video link. The seminar was attended by the president of the FJP, Marilena Chaves; the Secretaries of State for Planning and Management, Renata Vilhena, and Social Development, Cassio Smith; the State Government’s Chief Advisor on Articulation, Social Partnership and Participation, Ronaldo Pedron, and the General Director of the School of Government, Luciana Raso, along with students from the School of Management and public sector managers.

The seminar followed a visit by Apablaza and Hammock to Verdelândia, where they met with people who have benefited from social projects implemented as part of the Travessia programme run by the State Government of Minas Gerais. They attended a graduation ceremony for women who had taken part in a training programme to generate alternative sources of income by making cakes and sweets, and led an open discussion about what the women felt were the key aspects of poverty. Read more about the visit in Spanish here.