President of El Salvador’s adviser confirms commitment to multidimensional measure

OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and Co-Founder and Research Associate John Hammock met with the Technical Secretary to the President of El Salvador on 4 September.

Dr Alexander Segovia confirmed the commitment of the Salvadoran government to adopting a multidimensional poverty measure within the next nine months, and thanked OPHI for its support in developing the index.

Alkire and Hammock gave two presentations to the National Technical Council, which is responsible for developing the Salvadoran measure, and is led by the Technical Under-Secretary to the President, Leslie Quiñones. The presentations focused on the Alkire Foster method, the choice of dimensions for a multidimensional index, and the way forward for the Salvadoran measure.

Quiñones presented at the launch of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network in Oxford on 6-7 June. The international Network connects policymakers engaged in implementing multidimensional poverty measures, and enables early adopters to share their experiences directly with policymakers in other countries who are exploring the possibility or who are in the process of implementing such measures. Read more about the Global Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network.

Alkire and Hammock are in Central America to lead the intensive, Spanish-language training course being run by OPHI on multidimensional poverty analysis in Managua, Nicaragua.