Category Archives: Summer Schools

2017 – Summer School

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, was held at Sup de Co Marrakech, in Marrakesh, Morocco, 3-15 July 2017.

The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method. Upon completing the course, students gained the skills required to construct and analyse an official national multidimensional poverty measure and to describe its policy relevance. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of national and global Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs), the conceptual and empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty was presented, as well as the full suite of measurement tools including estimation, dimensional breakdown, disaggregation by population subgroup, standard errors and statistical inference, robustness, communications, policy applications and so on.

The following topics were covered:

  • Unidimensional poverty measures;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Measurement design – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty changes over time;
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty and impact evaluation;
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

This summer school was co-organised in partnership with the Morocco High Commission for Planning (HCP) as part of pre-conference activities of the ISI World Statistics Congress 2017 held in Marrakech (Morocco) from 16 to 21 July 2017. The summer school applicants were highly encouraged to also apply and participate in the congress. Further information can be found on the conference website.

The summer school was led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team including Adriana Conconi, James Foster, John Hammock, Bouba Housseini, Christoph Jindra, Usha Kanagaratnam, Bilal Malaeb, Christian Oldiges, Monica Pinilla, Gisela Robles Aguilar and Nicolai Suppa.

Course Format:

The summer school consisted of 10.5 days of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English (there is potential but not confirmed translation into French). Each participant needed to bring a laptop with Stata to do the problem sets. Throughout the summer school, participants were actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets, and were invited to present their research work and share their experiences.

Dates and Location:

The course ran from Monday 3 July 2017 to Friday 14 July 2017 with a final exam on Saturday 15 July 2017 (non-compulsory).  The summer school was held at Sup de Co Marrakech, in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Costs:

  • $850 USD for all students, and for academic researchers based in developing countries;
  • $2000 USD for professionals based in developing countries; and
  • $4000 USD for professionals based in developed countries.

Course Application Information

AudienceThe summer school is addressed to those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in, multidimensional poverty measurement, particularly professional staff of national offices of statistics and in government ministries that deal with poverty reduction, professionals from international development institutions, academics, and postgraduate students. Applicants who are currently pursuing work on measurement are also welcome. Other applicants having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics will be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.
Pre-requisites·A demonstrable knowledge of Stata is an essential pre-requisite for attending the course. Every attendant to the summer school will need to have Stata 10 or higher installed in his/her laptop. The software will not be provided by the summer school.·A strong knowledge in quantitative methods (e.g. econometrics, statistics, etc.) and a strong interest in poverty measurement and analysis are highly desirable.
Financial SupportLimited financial support is available. Competition for financial support will be very strong; however, well qualified and committed applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants are also highly encouraged to seek support from their local governments and institutions. We would be happy to provide support letters for these funding applications to accepted candidates.
Application FormThe application deadline for the 2017 Summer School has passed. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  
Questions?Please write to Rachel Pearson, ophi-summerschool@qeh.ox.ac.uk

2018 Summer School

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, was held at Oxford Department of International Development, in Oxford, England, 16-27 July 2018.

The purpose of this intensive Summer School was to provide a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method. After completing the course, students obtained the skills required to construct and analyse an official national multidimensional poverty measure and to describe its policy relevance. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of National and Global Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs), the conceptual and empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty were  presented, as well as the full suite of measurement tools including estimation, dimensional breakdown, disaggregation by population subgroup, standard errors and statistical inference, robustness, communications, policy applications, and so on.

The following topics were covered:

  • Unidimensional poverty measures;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire-Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Measurement design – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition, dimensional break-down and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty changes over time;
  • Interpretation and analysis of multidimensional poverty, including impact evaluation;
  • Institutions, policies and communication.

The summer school was led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team, including Fedora Carbajal, Mihika Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, James Foster, Usha Kanagaratnam, Rebeca Kritsch, Bilal Malaeb, Corinne Mitchell, Juliana Milovich, Ricardo Nogales, Christian Oldiges, Monica Pinilla, Nicolai Suppa and Ana Vaz.

2019 – Summer School

27 August 2019 – The 2019 cohort of the OPHI Summer School has completed an intensive two-week training in multidimensional poverty measurement.

The OPHI Summer School is an annual course led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team that provides a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method.

Held in different countries each year, the 2019 Summer School was hosted by CONEVAL at their headquarters in Mexico City. As the first country to develop an official national measure of multidimensional poverty based on the Alkire-Foster method, CONEVAL was a motivating setting for nearly 60 participants representing 23 countries from around the world to come together to develop their skills and gain inspiration. Attendees represented a cross section of the development sector, ranging from professional staff from national offices of statistics and government ministries to researchers and students from academia and international agencies.

During the course, special speakers included: Executive Secretary of CONEVAL, Dr José Nabor Cruz Marcelo; Professor James Foster, the Oliver T Carr Jr Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University; and Luis Felipe López-Calva, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean.

Taking participants through Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of national and global multidimensional poverty indices were the OPHI team, which included OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, Adriana Conconi, Usha Kanagaratnam, Corinne Mitchell, Ricardo Nogales, Christian Oldiges, Monica Pinilla-Roncancio, and Frank Vollmer. The OPHI team also covered the conceptual and empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty, as well as estimation, dimensional breakdown, disaggregation by population subgroup, standard errors and statistical inference, robustness, communications and policy applications. Supporting the course were Freya Paulucci-Couldrick, Émeline Marcelin and Johanna Andrango.

Following presentations and an exam, participants demonstrated that they had developed the skills required to construct and analyse a multidimensional poverty measure using the Alkire-Foster method, and to describe its policy relevance.

For those interested in applying next year, details will be advertised in the spring.

For those interested in applying next year, details will be advertised in the spring.

Pictures of the sessions are available here and here.

Video summary of the opening session here. Full video here.

Introduction to the Alkire-Foster method by Professor James Foster and Dr Christian Oldiges here.

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2016 – Summer School

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, in collaboration with the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and Beijing Normal University (BNU), the 2016 Summer School will be hosted at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, 1-13 August 2016.

—Please note that applications for the 2016 Summer School are no longer being accepted.—

The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method.  Participants will revise axiomatic poverty measures, and will get an overview of different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement and which problems they are best suited to solve. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty will be presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Axiomatic approaches to unidimensional and multidimensional poverty;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Robustness tests, standard errors, and statistical inference
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty;
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.
The summer school will be led by the Researchers and Director of OPHI. Instructors include Sabina Alkire, James Foster, John Hammock, Adriana Conconi, Ana Vaz, Bilal Malaeb, Bouba Housseini, Christoph Jindra, Christian Oldiges, Gisela Robles Aguilar, Monica Pinilla, Usha Kanagaratnam & Yangyang Shen.

Course Format:

The summer school will consist of 10.5 days of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English. Each participant needs to bring a laptop with Stata with them to do the problem sets. Throughout the summer school, participants will be actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets, and will be invited to present their research work as well as share their experiences.

Dates and Location:

The course runs from Monday 1 August to Saturday 13 August with a final exam (non-compulsory) on Saturday 13 August. Classes will take place in Beijing, China.

Special Event:

An optional field trip to China’s anti-poverty policy targeting village will be offered on August 7th. If you are interested, you are welcome to apply (further details for the application will be made available soon).

Costs:

The course fee is varied as follows:

  • $ 800 USD for all students, and for academic researchers based in developing countries;
  • $1500 USD for professionals based in developing countries; and
  • $2500 USD for professionals based in developed countries.

In addition, participants will need to pay for accommodation (further details regarding accommodation costs will be made available soon), meals ($20/day for modest fare), travel costs and the Stata software. Additionally, please note a Chinese visa may need to be applied for and obtained at the participant’s cost (please consult the Chinese embassy in your country for visa-related information). Invitation letters and visa permission will be provided to those accepted on the course.

Course Application Information

· Audience – The summer school is addressed to those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in, multidimensional poverty measurement, particularly academics, postgraduate students, government officials and professionals. Applicants who are currently pursuing a research project or work on measurement are particularly welcome.  Other applicants having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics will be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.

· Pre-requisites:

  • A demonstrable knowledge of Stata is an absolute pre-requisite for attending the course.  Every attendant to the summer school will need to have Stata 10 or higher installed in his/her laptop. The software is not provided by the summer school.
  • Where possible, participants should have a strong knowledge in quantitative methods (e.g. econometrics, statistics, etc), and a strong interest in poverty measurement and analysis.

· Financial Support – Limited partial financial support will be available (some of it earmarked for applicants from African NSOs). Competition for financial support will be very strong; however, well qualified and committed applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants are also highly encouraged to seek support from their local governments and institutions. We would be happy to provide support letters for these funding applications.

· Application Form – To apply, please complete the application form and submit a most recent curriculum vitae and sample Stata .do file. The application process is competitive; applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application. Candidates who cannot access the online application form may download and fill in this Excel form instead.

· Important Dates:

Monday 21 March 2016     Deadline for applicants requesting financial support

Sunday 17 April 2016            Final deadline

Tuesday 26 April 2016       First acceptance emails will be sent starting from this date

Questions? Please write to ophi-summerschool@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

Summer School 2015

Organised by OPHI and hosted at the Georgetown University in Washington D.C. 3-15 August

The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Participants revised axiomatic poverty measures, and learnt about different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement and which problems they are best suited to solve. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty was presented as well as the conceptual motivation, which drew on Amartya Sen’s capability approach. 

The following topics were covered:

  • Axiomatic approaches to unidimensional and multidimensional poverty;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Disparity among the poor and across groups;
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty; and
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

 

OPHI Summer School Materials 2015

Key resources

Pre-Summer School Readings

Presentations and exercises

Day 1 Video PDF
Why Multidimensional (MD) Poverty Measures? Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
More Relatively-Poor People in a Less Absolutely-Poor World Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Review: Unidimensional Poverty Measurement Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 2
Case studies: Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Alkire Foster Methodology Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Methodologies and Counting Approaches  pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 3
 Introduction to the Capability Approach pdf-icon-transparent-background2
National Multidimensional Poverty Measures Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Normative Choices in Measurement Design pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 4
Data Issues in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Stata  Play-icon-transparent  pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Day 5
Associations across Deprivations Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Day 7
Population Subgroup Decomposition and Dimensional Breakdown Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 8
Robustness analysis and statistical inference Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics with Time Series and Panel data Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Interpreting
Multidimensional Poverty Results
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 Day 9
Multidimensional Poverty and Distribution: Inequality among the poor and Disparity across regions Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Some Regression Models for the Alkire and Foster Method Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Communication Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 10
Targeting and Impact Evaluation pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Uses & Institutionalisation of Multidimensional Poverty Measurement pdf-icon-transparent-background2

OPHI Summer School 2014

Organised by OPHI and hosted at the University of Oxford’s Department for International Development (ODID)
Oxford University, Oxford, UK ~ 11-23 August 2014

The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Participants revised axiomatic poverty measures, and learnt about different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement and which problems they are best suited to solve. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty was presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.

The following topics were covered:

  • Axiomatic approaches to unidimensional and multidimensional poverty;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Data reduction techniques for measure design and analysis;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Disparity among the poor and across groups;
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty; and
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

The summer school was led by the Researchers and Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. OPHI instructors include Sabina Alkire, Mauricio Apablaza, Mihika Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, John Hammock, Bouba Housseini, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz.