Interesting commentaries by on the plenary session at this year’s Development Studies Association (DSA) and European Association of Development Institutes (EADI) conference have popped up in the blogosphere. Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK and President of the DSA, and Henning Melber, Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Sweden have provided their take on the plenary session, themed around the topic of “Rethinking Progress and How to Measure It”. OPHI’s Director, Sabina Alkire, who addressed the plenary alongside Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University, spoke to the audience about the need for new measures of progress and the future of multidimensional poverty measurement.
“Measuring income alone is not enough, we need to consider a range of different deprivations experienced by people at the same time such as malnutrition, violence, lack of education or jobs. Only then can we have an overall view of poverty,” Sabina said at the conference, as reported by Sangeeta Haindl on the Social Enterprise blog.