A post by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire features on the World We Want thematic consultation on the question ‘How is poverty eradication best pursued?’. The World We Want is a platform created by the United Nations to engage people’s voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development.
In the post, Alkire writes about the crucial importance of considering how poor people themselves define poverty. She suggests that a new headline indicator of multidimensional poverty, the MPI2015+, could be used alongside an income measure to show how people are poor (what disadvantages they experience at the same time); to which regions or ethnic groups they belong; and the inequalities among those living in poverty.
The MPI2015+ was proposed by the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) at a side-event at the UN General Assembly in September for the measurement of poverty in the post-2015 context. The design of the measure would enable it to reflect participatory and expert inputs in terms of the dimensions and indicators chosen.