OPHI-HDCA Summer School 2011: Capability and Multidimensional Poverty

OPHI Summer School
Wednesday 24th August 2011 - Saturday 03rd September 2011
09:00 - 17:00 BST
Delft, Netherlands

The 2011 OPHI-HDCA two-week training course brought together a vibrant mix of students from 26 countries to learn about multidimensional poverty measurement, the capability approach and how to implement a national or organisational Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The 40+ group included government officials, senior UNDP staff, academics, civil society representatives, PhD students, NGO workers and economists interested in building a multidimensional poverty measure, customised to their specific context and needs. 

Photos from the course, which included participants from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Ghana, India, United States, Senegal, Egypt, Nepal, Germany, Bangladesh, Haiti, Mexico, Netherlands, China, Afghanistan, Brazil, El Salvador, and Jordan, can be viewed on Flickr

Materials from the course, including PowerPoints, Stata exercises and supporting files are also available: 


Wednesday 24th August

  • Introduction & Overview of the Summer School
  • Unidimensional Poverty Measurement: Axioms, Measures, and Dominance
  • Exercises on Unidimensional Poverty & Poverty Orderings
  • Download materials (zip)

Thursday 25th August

  • Stata Features
  • Stata Exercises on Unidimensional Poverty & Dominance
  • Why Multidimensionl (MD) Poverty Measures?
  • Properties of MD Poverty
  • Download materials (zip)

Friday 26th August

  • Alkire Foster (AF) MD Poverty Measure
  • Case Studies – MPI, Mexico, Colombia
  • Paper Based Exercises on AF
  • Normative Issues in MD Poverty
  • Download materials (zip)

Saturday 27th August

  • Working Groups on Normative Issues
  • Working Groups on AF Poverty Measure
  • Presentations of Working Group Results
  • Download materials (zip)

Monday 29th August

  • Multidimensional Dominance
  • AF Measure Analysis Issues I: robustness tests of weights, k-value, z-cutoffs
  • Standard Errors
  • Exercises on Dominance & Robustness Tests
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Tuesday 30th August

  • AF Measure Analysis Issues II: trend analysis in M0, changes over time
  • Exercise on Trend Analysis, Changes Over Time, & Standard Error
  • AF Measure Analysis Issues III: decompositions by dimension and regional and ethnic groups, and policy implications
  • Exercises on decompositions by dimension and sub-group
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Wednesday 31st August

  • AF Measure Analysis Issues IV: redundancy, correlation, complementarity, subjective scales validation (uses of principal components & factor analyses)
  • Working Groups on Principal Components & Factor Analyses
  • Working Groups on Principal Components & Factor Analyses, and normative analysis
  • Intro to the Capability Approach led by SA
  • Download materials (zip)

Thursday 1st September

  • Missing Dimensions of Household Surveys on Poverty
  • AF Measure Analysis Issues V: Practical issues (sample drop, missing values, bias analysis, design)
  • Working Groups on AF Poverty Measure
  • The Politics of MD Poverty
  • Download materials (zip)

Friday 2nd September

Link download group presentations

Participants who joined the course can access basic and further reading lists, along with final presentations, can use the password provided at the following links: Basic Readings and Further Readings

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