Oxfam’s Duncan Green has posted a blog about the OPHI briefing ‘Multidimensional Poverty and the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)‘, writing ‘At last, a sensible suggestion for post-2015’.
The briefing was written by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and Research Associate Andy Sumner, who co-directs the King’s International Development Institute at King’s College London. It proposes a global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2.0 (now known as the MPI 2015+), to be used as a headline indicator for the post-2015 MDGs, providing an intuitive overview of multidimensional poverty to complement a $1.25/day measure.
The measure would reflect participatory inputs, and could be easily disaggregated to show how people are poor (what disadvantages they experience); in which regions or ethnic groups they are poor; and the inequalities between those living in poverty.
It would also produce a single number that summarises a country’s overall progress towards the post-2015 goals. ‘That in turn would allow the post-2015 process to generate more traction on national governments,’ writes Green.