OPHI has finished teaching its annual two week summer school on multidimensional poverty in this month from 11-23 August, at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Seventy one people participated in the course, including statisticians from international development organizations, students, policy makers and technical experts from government offices from around the world.
Country representatives came from individual country governments including Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ehtiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay and Zambia. International organisations represented at the school included United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) national offices, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Islamic Research and Training Institution, Islamic Development Bank (IRTI-IDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Economic Commission for Latin American Countries (ECLAC). A number of these countries and organisations are members of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network.
The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method. Participants revised axiomatic poverty measures, and learnt about the different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement. Participants devised their own multidimensional poverty measure that drew on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.
You can read Sabina Alkire’s blog post on the summer school here.
Presentations delivered during the summer school are available to view on the OPHI Summer School 2014 page. Photographs and videos from the summer school will be made available shortly.
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