Evaluating the Effects of Housing Interventions on Multidimensional Poverty: The Case of TECHO-Argentina

OPHI Working Papers

The objective of this paper is to evaluate the effect of the NGO TECHO’s emergency housing programme on multidimensional poverty. It employs a quasi-experimental ‘pipeline’ evaluation design and is based on household survey data from 34 informal settlements in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The aim is to demonstrate the additional insights that can be gained from using a multidimensional framework based on the Alkire and Foster (2011) method to evaluate a programme’s impact. The results indicate that the programme reduces both the incidence and the intensity of poverty and causes the multidimensional poverty measure to fall by more than half. The magnitude of the effect is greater for the households that initially were the poorest. Privacy, interpersonal relations and psychological health are the dimensions that contribute the most to explaining the decline in multidimensional deprivation.

Citation: Mitchell, A. and Macció, J. (2018). ‘Evaluating the effects of housing interventions on multi­dimensional poverty: the case of TECHO-Argentina’, OPHI Working Paper 120, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Also published in Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2021, Vol. 22(3), pp. 379-402.

multidimensional poverty, impact evaluation, housing, informal settlements
Latin America and the Caribbean


Ann Mitchell and Jimena Macció

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OPHI Working Papers
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C13, I32, R21
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WP 120