OPHI and UNDP Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) ‘Designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)’

Dates: 22 February – 2 April 2021. During this period online facilitators will respond to the discussion forum and participants will be able to download a certificate of completion. Thereafter, the course is available as a self-paced course. 

Cost: Free

Eligibility: Open to all, aimed at anyone with an interest in multidimensional poverty measurement, including students, academics, technicians and policymakers.

Course content: The course provides registrants with an introduction to developing a holistic multidimensional poverty index (MPI) to complement income-based measures and reveal multiple overlapping deprivations across health, education and living standards.

The course includes lessons, videos, quizzes and a discussion forum covering the following areas:

  •  Generating support for the national MPI
  •  The technical process of creating a national MPI – Part 1
  •  The technical process of creating a national MPI – Part 2
  • Using national MPIs as policy tools
  • Applying the MPI towards a COVID-19 recovery

This introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement is intended to help inform the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially SDG 1 to ‘end poverty in all its forms and dimensions’.

Additional resources:
The syllabus has been jointly developed with the UNDP based on the guide ‘How to Build a National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI): Using the MPI to inform the SDGs’ (2019)
2021 MOOC video 
More details and registration in English
More details and registration in French
More details and registration in Spanish