OPHI Summer School 2020: Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis

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 are continuously monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Dependent on how this evolves in different countries, the OPHI Summer School 2020 may be relocated to Oxford or include a virtual as well as on-site option. We will make a further announcement once a final decision has been made.

The Summer School is aimed at those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in multidimensional poverty measurement, particularly professional staff of national offices of statistics and government ministries that deal with poverty reduction, professionals from international development institutions, academics, and doctoral students. The Summer School will be led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team, including researchers and academics with extensive experience of developing Multidimensional Poverty Indices, and policy evaluation.

The purpose of this intensive Summer School is to provide a technical introduction, practical application and policy overview to multidimensional poverty measurement using the Alkire-Foster method. Upon completing the course, students will have the skills required to construct and analyse a multidimensional poverty measure and to describe its policy relevance and its usefulness for analytical purposes. 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 will be presented, as well as the full suite of measurement tools.

The following topics will be 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.

Course Format:
The Summer School will consist of two weeks of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English. Each participant needs to bring a laptop with Stata to do the problem sets. Throughout the Summer School, participants will be actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets.

Dates and Location:
The course runs from Monday 10th August 2020 to Friday 21st August 2020 with a final exam on Saturday 22nd August 2020 (non-compulsory). We expect to make the final confirmation of the venue of the Summer School very soon.

The course fee is as follows:

  • $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.

In addition, participants will need to pay for accommodation, travel fares and the cost of the Stata software if they do not already use it. Additionally, please note that you may need to apply for a visa – at your own cost.

 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 professional staff of national offices of statistics and government ministries that deal with poverty reduction, professionals from international development institutions, academics, and doctoral 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 on their 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 Support Limited financial support may be available. Competition for any financial support will be very strong. However, well-qualified and committed applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply. 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 Form To apply, please complete the online application form https://www.formpl.us/form/807496008 and submit a current curriculum vitae, sample Stata .do file and a sample of written work. The application deadline for the Summer School 2019 is 15 April 2020. Applicants who would like to be considered for an opportunity to present their research in progress must submit a working paper. The application process is competitive; applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application.
Questions? Please write to ophi-summerschool@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Watch OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and our researchers commenting on the summer school:

OPHI may be contracted for demand-driven executive education courses, specialized courses for institutions, researcher training modules, undergraduate and graduate course modules, and workshops and conferences. OPHI offers at least one intensive two-week Summer School annually that offers participants a thorough conceptual and technical (Stata-based) introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty. Materials from previous courses are available on the Online Training Portal.

Past Summer Schools:
2019 Summer School (Mexico City, Mexico)
2018 Summer School (Oxford, UK)
2017 Summer School (Marrakesh, Morocco)
2016 Summer School (Beijing, China)
2015 OPHI Summer School (Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA)
2014 OPHI Summer School (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
2013 OPHI Summer School (George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA)
2012 OPHI Summer School (Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia)
2011 OPHI-HDCA Summer School (Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands)
2010 OPHI Summer School (University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
2009 OPHI-HDCA Summer School (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru)
2008 OPHI-HDCA Summer School (Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India)