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OPHI Side Event at March UN Statistical Commission

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will  be holding a special High-Level Side Event at the UN Statistical Commission in New York from 1:15pm to 2:30pm on Tuesday 7 March.

The event will highlight the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as a tool that can measure poverty in its many dimensions, track progress in the SDGs according to national definitions, and focus on interlinkages across SDGs and integrated policies. The MPI has been implemented as an official national statistic of poverty in a number of countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Pakistan, and Armenia.

This event will bring together leading statisticians at the forefront of innovations in poverty measurement, in order to discuss the value-added of multidimensional poverty measures, their data requirements and robustness. A number of countries are reporting the MPI to meet SDG Target 1.2 and will share their experiences and rationale.

The event will also highlight a global MPI to compare national achievements across countries and to provide internationally comparable data to complement $1.90/day measure, and discuss proposed SDG-related dimensions suggested by the recent Atkinson Commission Report of the World Bank.

Please note: the event will be held in UN Headquarters, so it is unfortunately only accessible to those who have a UN security pass. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Invitation to lecture by Amartya Sen

Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen will deliver a lecture on “Democracy and Social Decisions” at 5pm  on Wednesday 18 January in the Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford.

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Global MPI 2016 Launched

DSC_4472 - CopyThis week OPHI launched the 2016 estimations of the Global MPI, and released new findings on Multidimensional Poverty across Africa. The MPI Launch event in Abidjan (2 June) and Washington DC (6 June), brought together specialists working at the forefront of innovations in African poverty measurement to discuss the analysis in support of a new, more comprehensive approach to poverty reduction. Read more on the new 2016 Global MPI Briefings, Resources and the Press Release. See photos from the launch in Abidjan.

New Working Paper on multidimensional poverty in Europe


Poverty is often thought of as an issue of concern mainly for developing countries. But methods for measuring multidimensional poverty can also be applied in Western country contexts. A new Working Paper, written by Sabina Alkire and Mauricio Apablaza, uses EU statistics on income and living conditions to explore levels of multidimensional poverty in more than 30 European countries. The authors also look at how the situation changed from 2006 to 2012. Read more…

New OPHI WP: Comparing Monetary and Multidimensional Poverty in Germany

Suppa_WP_indicatorcloseupIn a new Working Paper (pdf), Nicolai Suppa, OPHI Research Associate, compares monetary and multidimensional poverty in the German context. Although he does not find a clear-cut link between the two, he does find that both poverty measures agree on certain aspects, such as sociodemographic risk factors. He argues that the choice of poverty measure makes a big difference. Properly designed multidimensional poverty indices have the advantage of better reflecting human well-being. Read more…

Save the date: 2016 MPPN Annual Meeting

MPPN2015_group_webThe 2016 Annual Meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will take place in Mexico from 7 – 9 November. The MPPN is a network of more than 40 Governments either pursuing or exploring multidimensional poverty measurement. OPHI serves as the MPPN Secretariat. More information regarding the meeting will be posted on the MPPN website in the coming weeks.

New OPHI WP by Alkire-Foster: Dimensional and Distributional Contributions to Multidimensional Poverty

OPHI has just published a new Working Paper by Sabina Alkire and James Foster. In the paper, entitled Dimensional and Distributional Contributions to Multidimensional Poverty (pdf), the authors look at how inequality among people identified as multidimensionally poor relates to overall levels of multidimensional poverty. Alkire and Foster propose an axiom, applicable to multidimensional poverty measures, that specifies conditions under which poverty must fall as inequality among the poor decreases. Read more…

Three new OPHI research papers: Colombian MPI, poverty in China, and poverty data

OPHI has recently published three new research papers. One Working Paper deals with how the Colombian Multidimensional Poverty Index has been used in the policymaking process in that country, another WP examines the relationship between income poverty and multidimensional poverty in China, and a Research in Progress paper looks at ways to improve the quality and quantity of poverty data. Read more…

The application deadline is nearing for the 2016 OPHI Summer School in Beijing, China

The annual OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement will be held in Beijing, China, from 1-13 August 2016. 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. The deadline for applicants requesting financial assistance is Monday, 21 March. The general application deadline is Sunday, 17 April. Information for prospective applicants, including an application form, is available here.

OPHI and MPPN host successful Side Event at the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission

On 7 March, the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) and OPHI hosted a Side Event at the 47th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in New York. The Commission is the key UN statistical entity, with participation from national and international statistical leaders from across the world. Read more…

Peru takes up multidimensional poverty measurement

OPHI and the Peruvian National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) will start collaborating in order to progress multidimensional poverty measurement in Peru. This announcement was made in the wake of a successful three-day workshop held within the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals indicators and supported by the World Bank. Read more…

OPHI research on missing dimensions of poverty now available in Spanish

Poverty can be measured in a number of ways. Currently, income-based and multidimensional measures are widely used for this purpose. Such measures, however, often fail to capture certain dimensions of poverty. OPHI’s research on these ‘missing dimensions’ has just been made available in Spanish, through a collaboration with CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. Read more…