For almost ten years, Antônio Claret has worked as a public servant in Brazil, at state and federal levels, implementing policies to alleviate poverty. From 2011 until 2014, he oversaw the ‘Porta a Porta’ project, a census survey implemented in 200 cities, and designed to measure multidimensional poverty using the Alkire-Foster method. In 2015, he was awarded a grant by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the best paper on human development and multidimensional poverty.
Antônio has also worked as a consultant for MPI design in Viet Nam and as a teacher on public administration and human development in Mozambique. In 2018, he joined the OPHI Summer School for an intensive training program on poverty measurement. Now he is back to work with the OPHI team, this time as a doctoral Visiting Student. Whilst at OPHI he will be working on improving investigation methods for data collection and data analysis on the topic of the missing dimensions of poverty (empowerment, physical safety, social connectedness, psychological wellbeing and employment). One goal is to translate existing survey modules into Portuguese. Another objective is to create a mobile app to be used by public servants at street level to collect and visualize poverty data. He will also be working on building the network of academics and policymakers to improve the implementation of national MPIs around the world.
Antônio holds a BA in sociology from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, a BA in International Relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica and a MPhil in Public Administration from Fundação João Pinheiro.