OPHI’s Conconi presents at Pan-African Conference on Inequalities

OPHI Research Officer Adriana Conconi has given a presentation on the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) at the Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in Accra, Ghana, which is being held 28-30 April 2014.

Organised by the Government of Ghana in partnership with organisations including UNDP and UNICEF, the conference emphasises the economic dimensions of inequalities, ‘while paying attention to social and other aspects of inequalities given the interconnected nature of the subject’, according to organisers.

Conconi took part in a session titled ‘Beyond Averages: The critical importance of data for tracking progress and evidence based policies’. She explained how the Global MPI is constructed; the discrepancies that are found between income poverty and multidimensional poverty; and how an MPI can reveal inequalities within countries, helping to guide the allocation of funds.

Pali Lehohla, Statistician General of South Africa, and Chairman, Statistical Commission of Africa, took part in the same session, which was chaired by Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.

Conconi’s presentation was live tweeted by Alex Cobham, Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. You can find out more about the Global MPI here.