Nepal and Tajikistan are the latest countries to have joined the global Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), of which OPHI acts as the Secretariat. The global MPPN is a South-South initiative that supports policymakers to develop multidimensional poverty measures. It has a membership of 32 countries and 10 international organizations and agencies.
The government of Tajikistan is exploring the possibility of developing a multidimensional poverty measure and a representative of its Ministry of Economic Development and Trade participated in the OPHI summer school on multidimensional poverty analysis this past August in Oxford. OPHI’s John Hammock will also travel to Tajikistan to meet government officials and to attend a conference in Dushanbe on 12 December 2014 to discuss multidimensional poverty measurement and policy.
The MPPN was created in response to the overwhelming demand from policymakers for information on implementing multidimensional measures, and for technical and institutional support. The network was formally launched in Oxford on 6-7 June 2013, by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Professor Amartya Sen and high-level representatives from 22 governments. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), OPHI, and by network participants themselves.
Find out more about the work of the MPPN and its members.