Build Back Better: Charting pathways out of poverty with the global Multidimensional Poverty Index

The update of the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in 2020, contains unprecedented and riveting findings – on how poverty reduced in a study covering 5 billion people, on how COVID-19 might affect projected levels of multidimensional poverty, and on how MPI interacts with SDG indicators like vaccination, work, and the environment.

In this joint event with the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office (UNDP HDRO) our panelists discussed how to understand and fight poverty in the present times. The panel considered the importance of a multidimensional approach to understand current poverty levels and trends in poverty reduction.

The discussion also explored how the MPI can provide a tool to chart pathways out of multidimensional poverty and explored the correlations between the MPI and pressing global challenges.

The speakers were:

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • HE M.A. Mannan, Minister of Planning, Bangladesh
  • Isabel Saint Malo, Former Vice President, Panama
  • Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
  • Theadora Swift Koller, Senior Technical Advisor, Equity, World Health Organization
  • Dean Joliffe, Lead Economist, Development Data Group, World Bank
  • Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

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