Executive Education

With the purpose of catalysing efforts for poverty reduction and promoting human development, OPHI is expanding its scope of work to provide leaders from all sectors with hands-on experience in using the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and other Alkire–Foster-based measures to design policies and foster synergies aimed at leaving no one behind.

OPHI ExEd builds upon OPHI’s trajectory as a global referent in multidimensional measurements, and the rich experience of a growing network of global champions committed to poverty reduction, to inspire today’s leaders while also equipping them with the practical knowledge and resources to implement integrated strategies that consider the multiple and interconnected dimensions that affect people’s lives.

Leaders Programme: Using the MPI as a Policy Tool

August 23–27, 2021, from 13:30 to 16:30 BST | Online

To turn a corner on poverty, commitments at the highest levels are essential.
Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI & Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President of Colombia – Project Syndicate, July 29, 2020

This inaugural OPHI Executive Education Programme focuses on providing senior government officials and high-level policymakers with practical knowledge and direct access to the world’s leading experts on multidimensional poverty reduction, to deepen their understanding of the MPI as a policy tool and many of its potential uses, as well as their driving strategies. 

Through 15 hours of interactive lectures, workshops, conversations with global leaders, and practitioners’ panels, the 5-day programme will leverage open discussions and high-level networking with fellow policy makers from around the world. Discussions will be guided by practical cases that require analysis and presenting solutions to real-world problems. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with leading experts during office hours outside the programme schedule to discuss topics of mutual interest. 

Learning objectives

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Confidently interpret and communicate MPI results
  • Set policy goals and lead strategies for poverty reduction
  • Coordinate multisectoral teams using the MPI as a tool for:
    – Planning, targeting, and budgeting
    – Strengthening governance
    – Reporting on SDG target 1.2 and other international/national goals
    – Responding to and recovering from the pandemic and other crises
  • Use the MPI as a tool to bridge technical and political efforts to accelerate poverty reduction
  • Share experiences from and with high level peers across the world  


The Leaders Programme is aimed at senior professionals with a strong interest in multidimensional poverty and a capacity for influencing public policy priorities at an international, national, subnational, and institutional levels. This includes decision makers in the highest levels of a ministry, secretariat, agency, commission, or multilateral organization, in roles such as minister, deputy minister, permanent secretary, director general, secretary general, executive director, department head, or equivalent.

The programme will be delivered in English, via Canvas and Zoom. Please see below the system requirements to run these platforms:

Canvas system requirements

Zoom system requirements

Programme fee


The first cohort of the programme will receive a special rate of 1,500 GBP per person that considers the context of COVID-19 and financial constraints for countries and institutions.

The programme fee covers registration and programme tuition, all academic materials, continuous support throughout the programme, and upon successful completion, a digital Certificate of Completion from OPHI and Oxford’s Department of International Development.

Limited financial support will be available.

Application details

The application deadline for the Leaders Programme 2021 is 30 June 2021. Slots are limited and applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application.

OPHI Executive Education focuses on the policy uses of the MPI and implementation of the measure. Those wishing to delve deeper into the technical side of measurement and learn how to construct and analyse the MPI are invited to apply for the OPHI Summer School.

For questions or further information, please contact us: ophi-exed@qeh.ox.ac.uk