Destitution: Who and Where are the Poorest of the Poor?

OPHI Briefings

OPHI Briefing 22 

Destitution: In 2014 we have used more extreme MPI indicators to shine a light on hundreds of millions of people who each day face grinding hardships difficult for most of us to imagine: the destitute, or poorest of the poor. Across 49 countries analysed so far, half of MPI poor people are destitute; over 638 million people. The good news is that where data are available, we can see strong progress being made to improve the lives of the destitute, particularly in the poorest countries.  

Citation: Alkire, S., Chatterjee, M., Conconi, A., Seth, S. and Vaz, A. (2014). 'Destitution: Who and where are the poorest of the poor?', OPHI Briefing 22, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Poverty measurement, multidimensional poverty index, MPI, destitution
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Sabina Alkire, Mihika Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz
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