Multidimensional Poverty Index – Summer 2017: Brief Methodological Note and Results

OPHI MPI Methodological Notes

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2017 uses the same parameters (dimensions, indicators, cutoffs, and weights) and the same functional form (Alkire and Foster Adjusted Headcount Ratio M0) as in previous years. This brief methodological note presents the 2017 MPI updates and releases tables with the full results in these categories: national MPI, destitution and vulnerability results, rural, urban, subnational regions, changes over time, and complete estimations, as well as complementary data, dimensional breakdowns, and confidence intervals. Destitution data are now available for all 103 countries. It first explains the main updates in the 2017 MPI, following the guidelines for updates presented in the 2014 Methodological Note (Alkire, Conconi and Seth 2014b). It uses the MPI methodology that has been presented in detail in previous methodological notes (Alkire and Santos 2010; Alkire, Roche, Santos and Seth 2011; Alkire, Conconi and Roche 2013; Alkire, Conconi and Seth 2014b; Alkire and Robles 2015; Alkire, Jindra, Robles and Vaz 2016). Then it briefly describes the methodological assumptions for the estimation of each dataset. It adds a new section on disaggregation by children. The results of these estimations are presented in eight main tables (Table 8 focusing on age disaggregation), 103 country briefings and the interactive databank, all available on OPHI’s website (

Citation: Alkire, S. and Robles, G. (2017). 'Multidimensional Poverty Index – Summer 2017: Brief methodological note and results', OPHI MPI Methodological Note No. 44, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford.

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Sabina Alkire and Gisela Robles
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