OPHI Summer School in Marrakesh Concluded

OPHI has concluded its 2017 Summer School in Marrakesh, Morocco, with a record number of participants – 80 participants from 36 countries. The Summer School ran from 3-15 July at Hotel Les Jardins de l’Agdal and was co-organized in partnership with the Moroccan High Commission of Planning (HCP). We are very grateful for the support of the Islamic Development Bank, SESRIC, UNICEF, UNDP, and all the other funders who enabled students to participate in the course.

Participants came from the following countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Chad, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, and USA.

The opening ceremony included a special lecture by Khalid Soudi, Director of the Observatory of Population Living Conditions at HCP on “The Experience of HCP on the Matter of Measuring and Analyzing Poverty and Inequality in its Monetary and Multidimensional Forms”. This was followed by presentations by Abdeljouad Ezzrari on “Multidimensional Poverty in Morocco: 2001-2014” and Yassine Hamid on “Mapping of Poverty in Regional and Urban Governments and Areas in Morocco”.

This intensive summer school provided a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of national and global Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs), the conceptual and empirical motivations for measuring multidimensional poverty were presented, as well as the full suite of measurement tools including estimation, dimensional breakdown, disaggregation by population subgroup, standard errors and statistical inference, robustness, communications, policy applications and so on.

The Summer School materials and videos can be found in this link.

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