New OPHI briefing explores the composition of children in poor households

A new briefing note titled Are children among the poorest? by OPHI Researcher, Ana Vaz looks at how children are represented in households that are multidimensionally poor according to the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) of 2014. The Global MPI is an index of acute multidimensional poverty that assesses the nature and intensity of poverty at the individual level, by directly measuring the overlapping deprivations poor people experience simultaneously.

Using a sample of countries for which Global MPI was recently updated in 2014, the briefing note compares the age structure of the population and the age structure of the poor. The analysis shows that countries with highest levels of MPI tend to have a higher proportion of children under 10 years old, and a lower share of adults across the population. Additionally the briefing shows that the gap between the share of adults and the share of children under 10 among

the poor tends to be smaller in poorer countries. Thus the briefing finds that in the all the countries analyzed, children are especially likely to be poor.
You can read the full 3-pager briefing note here.
You can see results of the Global MPI 2014 here and consult the data tables for the calculations here.