Article by Jean Drèze highlights the usefulness of the Global MPI

The Hindu has published an opinion piece by the economist Jean Drèze in which he highlights the usefulness of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

In his article assessing the development achievements of the state of Gujarat in India, Drèze highlights Gujarat’s ranking on the Global MPI, noting that: ‘In the latest MPI ranking of Indian States, by Sabina Alkire and her colleagues at Oxford University, Gujarat comes 9th (again) among 20 major Indian States’.

Drèze writes that the Global MPI is a useful summary index for a comparison of poverty. ‘Briefly, the idea is that poverty manifests itself in different kinds of deprivation — lack of food, shelter, sanitation, schooling, health care, and so on,’ he explains. ‘Starting with a list of basic deprivations, a household is considered “poor” if it has more than a given proportion (say one third) of these deprivations.’

The article ‘The Gujarat Middle’ appeared in The Hindu on 10 May 2014. The updated Global MPI will be launched on 16 June 2014 at an event in London which will be video streamed live online; find out how to register your interest in the launch event here, and read more about the Global MPI 2013 here.