Poverty Maps

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OPHI Briefing 37

Poverty maps provide a detailed picture of the location and interlinked conditions of the poorest, so that policies can be most effectively designed and targeted. The Global MPI 2015/16 now maps a total of 990 subnational regions across 78 countries. These poverty maps cover 98.5% of MPI poor people. That is, thanks to improved DHS/MICS and national data, OPHI maps the MPI conditions for 4.8 billion people, of whom 1.5 billion are MPI poor. We use recently updated countries – Bangladesh, Malawi and Yemen – to illustrate maps’ value-added.

Authors: Sabina Alkire and Gisela Robles

Year: 2015