Special Publications and Reports

This section includes books, briefings and reports authored or co-authored by OPHI.
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Global MPI 2020 – Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs

The 2020 global MPI report profiles a global study covering 5 billion people of harmonised trends in multidimensional poverty. It explores if countries, before the pandemic, were on track to halve their multidimensional poverty if observed trends continued. In the context of COVID-19, which unfolded as the report was compiled, the report offers simulations of the possible impacts of the pandemic on the global MPI. A decade away from the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the report concludes with an in-depth analysis of multidimensional poverty from the perspective of a selection of SDGs.

Download Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2020 – Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs (available in English, French and Spanish).

How to Build a National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI): Using the MPI to inform the SDGs.

This joint handbook by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, provides practical guidance for policymakers, statisticians, practitioners and others seeking or engaged in developing a national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). It is also intended as a resource for academics, journalists and others interested in broadening their country’s poverty metrics, in line with the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Read more and download the Handbook here.

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2019: Illuminating Inequalities

The 2019 global MPI publication Illuminating Inequalities released on 11 July 2019 sheds light on the number of people experiencing poverty at regional, national and subnational levels, revealing inequalities across countries and among the poor themselves. The publication is jointly developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford and the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office (UNDP HDRO).
Read more and download the report here.

The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2018

The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index Report: The Most Detailed Picture to Date of the World’s Poorest People presents the revised global MPI index which was launched jointly by OPHI and UNDP in September 2018.
Read more, and download the report, here.

Jean Drèze, ‘Economics among the Road Scholars’ 2017

‘Economics among the Road Scholars’ is the first chapter of Jean Drèze’s book Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone (2017). Read more, and download the chapter, here.
The full book, published by Oxford University Press, is available as an open access title under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence and free to download from the publisher’s website and here.

Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis, 2015

Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis by Sabina Alkire, James Foster, Suman Seth, Maria Emma Santos, José Manuel Roche and Paola Ballon, is an in-depth and precise account of multidimensional measurement. It is aimed at graduate students in quantitative social sciences, researchers of poverty measurement, and technical staff in governments and international agencies who create multidimensional poverty measures. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.
Read more about the book.

Measuring Progress Toward Empowerment – Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index: Baseline Report, 2014

Co-authored by Sabina Alkire (OPHI), this report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) baseline survey results, summarizing both findings from the WEAI survey and the relationships between the WEAI and various outcomes of interest to the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative. These poverty, health, and nutrition outcomes include both factors that might affect empowerment and outcomes that might result from empowerment.
Read more about the WEAI and download the report.

Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index brochure, 2012

Co-authored by Sabina Alkire (OPHI), this brochure gives an overview of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) structure and purpose.
Read more about the WEAI and download the brochure.

An Extensive Analysis of GNH Index

An Extensive Analysis of GNH Index (2012) presents and analyses the 2010 Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index that was developed at the Centre for Bhutan Studies for the Royal Government of Bhutan.
Find out more, and download the report.

GNH and GNH Index: A Short Guide to Gross National Happiness Index

This guide, published in 2012, introduces the 2010 Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index of Bhutan. It explains the origins of the concept of GNH, its grounding in Bhutanese culture and history, and describes how the concept is being operationalised in the form of the GNH Index in some novel and innovative ways. The Index draws on 2010 GNH survey.
Find out more, and download the guide, here.