How is the Alkire-Foster Method Used in Policy?

The Alkire-Foster (AF) method  can be used to create national measures of poverty, well-being and empowerment. Given its flexibility it can be adapted to different context and reflect the needs and priorities of a country, region or specific group. The possible uses of the measures can be related to measuring poverty, monitoring poverty reduction, targeting regions or specific groups, budget allocation, coordinate policies, among other important uses.

The flexibility of the method means that different dimensions and indicators can be selected to create measures adapted to particular contexts.

Read about policy applications of the AF method in OPHI’s brochure ‘Measuring Multidimensional Poverty: Insights from Around the World’ (OPHI Briefing 30).

Watch a video about how the AF method of multidimensional measurement is being applied at the global, national and institutional level.

Current applications of the AF method

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index.
An international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries and more than 800 sub-national regions.

National multidimensional poverty measures
Read about national poverty measures at MPPN website. National MPI Reports can be downloaded from our Publications > National MPI Reports page.

Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index
A measurement tool that includes less traditional aspects of culture and psychological well-being.

Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index
A ground-breaking tool to measure the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector.