OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network – a group of senior representatives from over 40 governments and international institutions – hosted a special side-event on multidimensional poverty measurement at the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission on Monday 2 March 2015.
The side event, which was standing-room only, highlighted how multidimensional poverty measurement can help to ‘end poverty in all its forms everywhere’ – a key component of the first goal of the final Open Working Group proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of the Secretary General’s Synthesis report.
Featuring presentations by eminent panellists and discussion among all participants, the event demonstrated how national MPIs and an improved Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (the MPI 2015+), supported by a data revolution, can help to eradicate extreme poverty post-2015 as part of the core poverty indicators of the SDGs.
The MPI 2015+ complements income poverty measures and shines a high-resolution lens on poverty, showing who is poor and revealing the different types of disadvantage that each poor person experiences at the same time – for example, poor sanitation, malnutrition, unemployment or a lack of education – to ensure the SDGs ‘leave no-one behind’.
Multidimensional poverty measures have generated substantial interest and support in recent years. The governments of Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, the Philippines, Chile and the state government of Minas Gerais (Brazil), and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), use official multidimensional poverty measures, while many other governments are in the process of developing or exploring their use.
Presentations from the panellists at the event are available to download below:
- Lisa Bersales, National Statistician and Head of Philippine Statistics Authority
- Gonzalo Hernández, Executive Director, CONEVAL, Mexico
- Yemi Kale, Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer, National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria
- Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, Government of South Africa
- Pablo Tactuk, Director of the National Statistics Bureau of the Dominican Republic
- Félix Vélez Fernández Varela, Vice-President, Governing Board, National Statistical and Geographic Institute (INEGI), Mexico
- Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford
Notes from the event
Notes from the event will be available here soon.
Read more about the Global MPI 2015+ in the SDGs.
Download OPHI’s 4-page briefing document: Multidimensional Poverty Index 2015+.