Category Archives: Events

2020 General Events – Archive

High-Level MPPN Side Event at the 75th UN General Assembly. Poverty at a Crossroad: Using Leadership and the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Build Back Better
Start Date: 24 Sep 2020
End Date: 24 Sep 2020
Location: Zoom and YouTube
With: various speakers

Brief Description: This year’s High-Level Side Event at the 75th UN General Assembly was entitled ‘Poverty at a Crossroad: Using Leadership and the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Build Back Better’ The online event took place on Thursday 24th September at 09:00 (New York). … Continue reading High-Level MPPN Side Event at the 75th UN General Assembly. Poverty at a Crossroad: Using Leadership and the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Build Back Better

Postponed – OPHI Summer School 2020: Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis
Start Date: 10 Aug 2020
End Date: 22 Aug 2020
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
With:

Brief Description: Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, to be held from 10th to 22nd August 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand, Venue TBC.  We will be continuously monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus outbreak. Dependent on … Continue reading Postponed – OPHI Summer School 2020: Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis

Build Back Better: Charting pathways out of poverty with the global Multidimensional Poverty Index
Start Date: 16 Jul 2020
End Date: 16 Jul 2020
Location: Zoom
With: UNDP

Brief Description: The update of the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in 2020, contains unprecedented and riveting findings – on how poverty reduced in a study covering 5 billion people, on how COVID-19 might affect projected levels of multidimensional poverty, and on … Continue reading Build Back Better: Charting pathways out of poverty with the global Multidimensional Poverty Index

Cancelled – Eighth High-Level Annual Meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN)
Start Date: 22 Jun 2020
End Date: 24 Jun 2020
Location:
With:

Brief Description: We regret to confirm that the eighth High-Level Annual Meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High-Level Side-Event at the 51st Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC)
Start Date: 05 Mar 2020
End Date: 05 Mar 2020
Location: New York
With:

Brief Description: Using a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to coordinate policies and achieve SDGs Thursday 5th March 2020, 1:15pm-2:30pm Conference Room D, UN Headquarters, New York Hosted by Mr Risenga Maluleke Statistician General of South Africa Invitation only On 5 March 2020 … Continue reading High-Level Side-Event at the 51st Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC)

2012 General Events – Archive

Bipolarization and Middle Class in Latin America 2000-2009
Start Date: 08 Jun 2012
End Date: 08 Jun 2012
Location: Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford
With: Professor Jacques Silber & Sir Tony Atkinson

Brief Description: This special seminar by Jacques Silber, Professor of Economics at Bar-Ilan University, Israel on inequality in Latin America, 7 June 2012, was chaired by Sir Tony Atkinson. Co-hosted by OPHI and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. 17:00-18:30, Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford.

Video 'New Frontiers in Poverty Measurement'
Start Date: 30 Apr 2012
End Date: 30 Apr 2012
Location: Oxford
With: Professor James E. Foster

Brief Description: Professor James E. Foster, George Washington University, presented on ‘New Frontiers in Poverty Measurement’, at a special seminar co-hosted by OPHI and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford

2008 Courses – Archive

2008 Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 28 Aug 2008
End Date: 09 Sep 2008
Location: Delhi, India
With: OPHI Director, Sabina Alkire, OPHI Researchers and Colleagues

Brief Description: Course purpose: To provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

Poverty Measurement in Human Development Foster 2008
Start Date: 28 Apr 2008
End Date: 28 Apr 2008
Location: University of Oxford
With: James Foster

Brief Description: Course purpose: To introduce and assess unidimensional and multidimensional poverty measurements and their uses in human development work.

2009 Courses – Archive

2009 Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 27 Aug 2009
End Date: 08 Sep 2009
Location: Lima Peru
With: OPHI & HDCA

Brief Description: Course purpose: To provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

OPHI Training for PEP survey teams from Nigeria, Chad and Sri Lanka
Start Date: 01 Jan 2009
End Date: 01 Jan 2009
Location:
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI staff in Oxford conducted a training course on survey design, implementation and analysis for representatives of three successful teams that were awarded grants by OPHI and the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) network. The training preceded the three teams’ … Continue reading OPHI Training for PEP survey teams from Nigeria, Chad and Sri Lanka

2010 Courses – Archive

Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty in Chile
Start Date: 06 Dec 2010
End Date: 17 Dec 2010
Location: Santiago, Chile
With: OPHI and CEPAL, the Ministry of Planning, Chile (MIDEPLAN) and the Foundation for Overcoming Poverty (FSP)

Brief Description: The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) co-organized a summer school on multidimensional poverty measurement with Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL/ECLAC), the Ministry of Planning, Chile (MIDEPLAN) and the Foundation for Overcoming Poverty (FSP). The course was held from 6-15 of December 2010 at Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) in Santiago, Chile. The entire course was conducted in Spanish language, and was specifically directed at policy makers, technical experts in government agencies and civil society, academic and professional investigators involved in the measurement of poverty. This course was held as part of the Programme to Support Social Cohesion EU-Chile implemented by various public institutions to promote policies that help overcome inequality and promoting social dialogue. In its first phase, the programme has funding of 20.5 million euros, provided equally by the European Union and the Government of Chile, under the coordination of the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (ACGI).

2010 Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty in Jordan
Start Date: 11 Sep 2010
End Date: 20 Sep 2010
Location: Amman, Jordan
With: Sabina Alkire (Director, OPHI) and OPHI Researchers

Brief Description: Course purpose: To provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

2011 Courses – Archive

Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 24 Aug 2011
End Date: 03 Sep 2011
Location: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
With: OPHI-HDCA

Brief Description: The capability approach formulated by Amartya Sen, and further developed by the philosopher Martha Nussbaum and others provides a conceptual framework that grounds many multidimensional approaches to poverty and social protection, including the MDGs, PRSPs, rights-based development, integrated social policy, and other specific initiatives. In the past few years, interest in multidimensional quantitative techniques of analysis has surged. New quantitative methodologies have been developed for measurement, comparisons, and analysis. Many more are still under development. It is a fast-moving area. The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

UNDP Oxford Course 2011 – Concepts, Measurement and Policy Implications
Start Date: 28 Feb 2011
End Date: 11 Mar 2011
Location: Eynsham Hall just outside Oxford, United Kingdom
With: OPHI and the UNDP Human Development Report Office

Brief Description: The course was aimed at staff in Ministries of Planning, Finance, Economy and national statistics offices who have experience and roles linked to development policy planning and monitoring, including Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and MDG-based strategies, as well as UNDP staff working on related issues including Resident Representatives, Deputy Resident Representatives, Advisors, and Human Development Focal Points. The course offered an in-depth review and policy-oriented introduction to key human development concepts, measures and analytical tools, and policy implications introduced in the Human Development Report 2010. A particular focus was placed on the new measures introduced in the HDI 2010, a topic on which country and staff demand has already been expressed.

2012 Courses – Archive

2012 Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty ~ Jakarta, Indonesia
Start Date: 23 Aug 2012
End Date: 04 Sep 2012
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
With: OPHI-HDCA

Brief Description: The 2012 OPHI-HDCA two-week training course on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty held in Jakarta, Indonesia, brought together a vibrant mix of people to learn about multidimensional poverty measurement and the capability approach, and provided an introduction on how to implement a national or organisational Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, drawing on the capability approach, with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. It was led by the researchers and director of OPHI.

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada – listen to seminar

shawnoct2013Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada, gave a talk to a packed room at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford on 9 October 2013.

National Chief Atleo talked about the priority issues facing Indigenous nations in Canada, from education to resource development and the enduring requirement for recognition and affirmation of relationships to achieve fairness, justice and harmony. You can listen to a podcast of his speech here.

His speech was followed by a talk by a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Ovide Mercredi, who during his time in office addressed the UN in both New York and Geneva. You can listen to a podcast of former National Chief Mercredi’s talk here.

The National Chief is elected by the 633 First Nations governments in Canada and serves as a national and international advocate for the rights of Indigenous Nations and peoples.

October 2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation issued by King George III addressing the matter of Indigenous peoples and the requirement to establish Treaty relations.

The seminar was held as part of OPHI’s work on Social Isolation, part of our research into the Missing Dimensions of poverty.

For more information, please contact researcher China Mills at china.mills@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

Highlights from ‘Multidimensional poverty measurement in the post-2015 context’

At a stimulating side-event at the UN on 24th September 2013 the governments of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Philippines and Nigeria, along with the World Bank, UNDP and OECD, all called upon the UN to adopt a new multidimensional poverty measure, the MPI2015+, to track progress toward the new goals adopted after 2015. Some of the highlights from the discussion are provided here, and a full video of the discussions is also available.

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The organisers – the governments of Germany, Colombia and Mexico, OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network – were honoured that the event was introduced by Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary of State in Germany, who welcomed a multidimensional approach to poverty reduction:

kopp_50“In order to accurately measure our progress towards sustainable lifestyles we feel we need to look beyond GDP measurements,    approaches like the multidimensional poverty index could help us to adequately consider the multiple and mutually reinforcing the privations of people in that experience.”

She stressed the importance of multidimensional measurement in the context of post-2015 development debates: “Multidimensional measurement is not only relevant within the framework of the current MDGs but it is particularly important as a topic for a future framework also and set of goals we will be discussing until 2015”.

Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI, then underlined the need for a multidimensional approach with research showing the lack of correlation between reductions in $1.25/day poverty and reductions in non-monetary MDG indicators such as child mortality, school attendance or access to clean water.

sabina_50She showed how a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) can zoom in on the lived experience of poverty like a high-resolution lens, showing who is poor – which social groups and in which regions – and how they are poor: which deprivations batter their lives.

By shedding light on the inequalities among poor people, a national or regional MPI enables policymakers to target the most marginalised and vulnerable, to ensure that no one is left behind. An MPI 2015+ supported by better quality, more regular data could be used to track progress towards nationally defined goals.

Bruno Baranda, Minister of Social Development in Chile explained how Chile is moving steadily towards a multidimensional approach to poverty measurement, stressing:

Baranda_50“…we acknowledge that income poverty does not capture all the complex dimensions of poverty and that if public policy were exclusively driven by traditional income poverty measures resources could easily be misallocated. Therefore we recognise the importance of a complimentary approach, just as OPHI’s Multidimensional Poverty Index, to design public policies that result in effective implementation”.

Gonzalo Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) Mexico, described how his country’s innovative adoption of a multidimensional poverty measure in 2009, which includes a social rights approach, measuring access to health, housing, education and access to food, as well as income, has enabled public policy to focus on those who are hardest to reach.

Hernandez_50He stressed that post-2015 national multidimensional poverty measurement needs to accelerate following the examples of countries such as Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Moroco, Chile and the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He also said a global measure of multidimensional poverty is required and that better data is needed, stressing that “the rush on poverty needs much more than good will and guesses”.

Arsenio Balisacan, Minister of Socio-Economic Planning in the Philippines strongly supported the push for the inclusion of multidimensional poverty measures in the review of poverty measures in the post-2015 development agenda and warned of the dangers of a silo approach to poverty reduction:

Balisacan_50“As all of us know the MDGs number 8 in all and these are internationally translated into 48 indicators… we have been reporting on our progress for each indicator almost as if they are unrelated. I would not even be surprised if our strategies towards MDGs follow a silo approach, in fact we may have even encouraged this practice by not specifying a multidimensional poverty target”.

Yemi Kale, Statistician General, National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria stressed that because those who are multidimensionally poor are not necessarily income poor, and vice versa, policies focussing on the monetary poor may fail to reduce or eradicate acute multidimensional poverty. He said that “If you look at poverty in just income terms, you start to miss the point, and then… you get more problems.”

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  “As far as Nigeria is concerned, this is an excellent initiative, and I’d like to encourage all represented governments here to take a critical look at the MPI and the parameters by which it defines poverty in an effort to orientate our thinking,” Kale stressed.

Paula Caballero Director of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs, Colombia said that in order for us to eradicate poverty in an irreversible way, we cannot do it through income alone, we also need a multidimensional approach. She spoke of Colombia’s Multidimensional Poverty Index which tracks and monitors a variety of social and economic variables, beyond income, and shapes the government’s social programmes and interventions. She also stressed the importance of taking a structural integrated look at what development means and what is necessary to eradicate it.

caballero_50Finally, she echoed calls for a new MPI2015+: “We are convinced of the need to apply this kind of approach at the global level and believe that a new global MPI post-2015 would be a complement to the other work that’s ongoing”.

Jaime Saavedra, Acting Vice President Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank Group said that a multidimensional approach has clear advantages over a dashboard approach to poverty measurement as it captures the joint nature of deprivations:

“The advantagSaavedra_50e of an MPI, of aggregating those goods and services, is that having a joint distribution of services or a joint distribution of deprivations, will give us information on the need to provide sometimes bundles of goods and services to certain populations, so doing a multivariate analysis can lead to very different recommendations in terms of how to attack poverty.”

Hildegard Lingnau spoke on behalf of Erik Solheim, Chair, Development Assistance Committee, OECD and said that “Poverty is more than just income poverty and income inequality. The big challenge today is to identify and combat the multidimensional poverty, the many poverties, deprivations and inequalities in many regards”.

lingnau_50 The OECD presentation concluded with the recommendation that “…the post-2015 agenda considers a new approach for measuring human progress one that goes beyond income poverty to measure multidimensional poverty deprivations and inequalities.”

Olav Kjorven, Assistant Secretary General, UNDP, used his speech to reiterate UNDP’s commitment to strengthening national and global measures of multidimensional poverty and their links to the post-2015 agenda. He also called for a Data Revolution to build on the world’s work on tracking the MDGs and 2015 preparations, such as the World We Want report which involved over one million people around the globe.

Kjorven_50 He concluded by saying “Let’s continue to work together to measure multidimensional poverty and in so doing help eradicate poverty once and for all”.

John Hammock, who was chairing the event, recognised the presence of Alexander Segovia, Technical Secretary of the Presidency of El Salvador, who is leading the effort to establish a national MPI in his country.

Full video of the discussion is available, along with a briefing paper about why a multidimensional poverty index such as the MPI2015+ is needed. Detailed event information is also available.

Photo credit: Christine Butler

Multidimensional poverty measurement in the post-2015 development context

Side-event and webcast at the UN General Assembly

24 September 2013, UN, New York

Watch on-demand webcast coverage of the event

Highlights from the discussion

Press Release

Statement by Arsenio M. Balisacan, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, Philippines

Photo by:Christine Butler
The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network held a special side-event to coincide with the High Level Meetings of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. The event addressed the future of multidimensional poverty measurement in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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The Network, which includes governments of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Philippines and Nigeria, along with the World Bank, UNDP and OECD, called upon the UN to adopt a new multidimensional poverty index (MPI) 2015+ (also described as an MPI 2.0) to track progress toward the new goals adopted after 2015.  The countries and institutions gathered together:

*   Recommended that the UN should adopt a new multidimensional poverty measure to complement the $1.25 a day income poverty measure, and urged the UN to adopt a new multidimensional framework for poverty reduction worldwide, as part of the post-2015 development strategy.

*   Called for the breaking apart of silos on poverty reduction, and for countries and international institutions to adopt a multidimensional, multisectoral approach to poverty reduction underpinned by multidimensional poverty measures.

*   Shared concrete ways in which national MPIs, whose indicators reflect national plans and country priorities, are being used for policy coordination, targeting, monitoring, and making visible real progress that income poverty measures overlook.

*   Were united in their calls for better data and better measures of poverty.

post2015_1At the national level, the governments of Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Nigeria and Chile called on other nations to embrace new multidimensional poverty measures due to their effectiveness for policy change. They stressed that it is essential to complement any international MPI with nationally adapted indices for poverty reduction.

Their calls highlighted the pioneering work being undertaken by Southern nations on global poverty eradication, and the importance of South-South learning in driving change and innovation.

The video of the event can be accessed via the link here.

Highlights of some of the discussion’s key points are available on the OPHI website here.

You can view Sabina Alkire’s presentation on building a multidimensional poverty index here.

To read a Guardian report on the meeting, visit their website here.

To read the statement given by  Arsenio M. Balisacan, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, Philippines see the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) website here.

Panelists at the event on 24 September included:

kopp_50 Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary of State, Germany caballero_50 Paula Caballero, Director of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs, Colombia
Hernandez_50 Gonzalo Hernandez, Director of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Mexico Balisacan_50 Arsenio Balisacan, Minister of Socioeconomic Planning, Philippines
 Kale_50 Yemi Kale, Statistician General, National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria Baranda_50 Bruno Baranda, Minister of Social Development, Chile
 Saavedra_50 Jaime Saavedra, Acting Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank Kjorven_50 Olav Kjorven, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP
lingnau_50 Hildegard Lingnau, Senior Counsellor, Director’s Office, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD, on behalf of Erik Solheim, Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee sabina_50 Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

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post2015_3Multidimensional measures help us understand the interconnected factors that constitute people’s experience of poverty, and enable policymakers to identify and address overlapping deprivations more effectively.

Data shows that people who are multidimensionally poor are not necessarily income poor.  By adopting a multidimensional poverty measure to support the post-2015 development goals, we can incorporate the participatory insights of those living in poverty and ensure we eradicate both multidimensional and income poverty.

This event was organised by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, CONEVAL of Mexico, the Department for Social Prosperity of Colombia, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford (OPHI) and the new Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, a global network of policymakers dedicated to advancing the multidimensional measurement of poverty and improving poverty reduction efforts.

Photos by: Christine Butler