In this section we will be posting material relating to country responses to the pandemic as it becomes available.
Honduras – Details of the pioneering use by the Government of Honduras of a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) to provide electronic vouchers for food, medicines and biosafety equipment targeted to independent workers and self-employed persons hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tailored to the Honduran context, this measure was developed in partnership with OPHI and UNDP. Download the press release on Honduras MVI.
Dominican Republic – a report (in Spanish) looking at simulations of the possible impacts of COVID-19 on multidimensional poverty in the Dominican Republic. The simulations examine six possible scenarios of how changes in indicator deprivation could affect the MPI. For each scenario, the analysis considers three possible magnitudes: mild (25%), moderate (50%) and severe (75%). Download the Dominican Republic multidimensional poverty and Covid-19 report here.
Pakistan – This report sets out the framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19 in Pakistan including the use of a COVID-19 Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (CRMVI) https://www.pk.undp.org/content/pakistan/en/home/library/development_policy/covid-19-pakistan–socio-economic-framework.html.
Bhutan – A rapid study made use of a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index for Tourism (MVI-T) to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector. It was developed by OPHI and conducted by the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) in collaboration with the Gross National Happiness Commission, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, and Tourism Council of Bhutan, with support from UNDP Bhutan.
In addition, a broader analysis has also been published by OPHI and UNICEF which proposes the construction of a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) in Bhutan to identify the most vulnerable population and hence to inform planning policies and envisage, or complement, current or prospective public interventions.
Colombia – This briefing describes the response of Colombia’s National Statistics Office to Covid-19. It addresses the way in which multidimensional poverty information has been used, along with other indicators, to target government support and identify levels of vulnerability at the block level.
Mexico – Analysis from Coneval on the potential impact of COVID-19 on social development progress and the most vulnerable populations in Mexico (Spanish).
South Africa – Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) invited the public to participate in an online survey to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The South African Covid-19 Vulnerability Index (SACVI), was developed in December 2020 and updated in June 2021, as a way of using the smallest area population data available and incorporating dimensions and indicators to statistically reflect localised risk factors that may contribute to the spread of COVID-19 for each individual against a set criteria being measured.
Iraq – Current details of the rapid assessment by the Iraq Ministry of Planning, UNICEF and OPHI on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in Iraq.
Argentina – a report (in Spanish) on Argentinian public policies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the legislative and administrative resolutions and decrees undertaken in response.
The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network is also a South-South network of countries and international agencies using multidimensional poverty measures for poverty reduction. Material shared by that network is available on its website.