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Book Chapter: Counting and Multidimensional Poverty

Book Chapter: Counting and Multidimensional Poverty
by Sabina Alkire and James Foster
A non-technical, policy oriented summary of the Alkire and Foster method for measuring multidimensional poverty is now available to download as an e-chapter. The chapter explains why multidimensional measures are needed, the problem of complex poverty measures and goes on to describe the Alkire Foster measure, how to apply it, its properties and uses.

Textbook: An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach Freedom and Agency

Textbook: An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach Freedom and Agency

Edited by Séverine Deneulin with Lila Shahani OPHI supported the development of this new textbook aimed at students in the social sciences and development practitioners. It provides an introduction to Amartya Sen’s human development and capability approach and also clarifies key concepts and fosters debate on a number of critical issues. The book offers new perspectives on a wide range of topics, which include the conceptualisation and measurement of well-being and inequality; the role of markets and economic growth in promoting development; the importance of democracy and public debate; culture and religion; health; equality and justice; and the connections between social and economic policy in addressing poverty and inequality. Sabina Alkire and Maria Emma Santos are contributing authors to the volume. Published August 2009, 336 pages.

Special Issue: The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data

Special Issue: The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data Guest Editor Emma Samman
Oxford Development Studies vol. 35, no. 4, December 2007
This special issue is based on the proceedings of OPHI’s launch in May 2007. It presents an introduction to the research theme; revised versions of the papers focusing on aspects of missing poverty data, with proposed indicators and questions to measure each; and the comments of discussants Grace Bediako, François Bourguignon and Stephan Klasen.