OPHI and MPPN to host side event at the UN Statistical Commission

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The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network will host a side event, ‘Measuring and reducing poverty in all its dimensions,’ at the 47th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in New York.

This side event will highlight the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as a tool that can measure poverty in all its dimensions and fulfil SDG indicator 1.2.2. It will be held on Monday, 7 March, from 1:15 – 2:30 PM, in Conference Room A (CB).

Featuring a high-level dialogue among eminent panelists, this event will show how National MPIs provide rigorous statistics on poverty, and tools for targeting, monitoring, and coordination of anti-poverty programs. As such, these indices serve as governance tools. The event will also show how developing countries can use the global Multidimensional Poverty Index to analyse poverty and to compare progress across countries.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mauricio Perfetti, Director, Administrative Department of National Statistics, Colombia
  • José Rosero, Executive Director, National Institute of Statistics and Census, Ecuador
  • Julio Santaella,  President, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico
  • Aboubacar Sedikh Beye, Director General, National Agency for Statistics and Demography, Senegal
  • Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General, Statistics South Africa, South Africa
  • Hedi Saidi, General Director National Institute of Statistics, Tunisia
  • Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford, and Oliver T. Carr Jr. Professor and Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University

Comments from the floor will be offered by additional participants including:

  • Damar Maceo Cruz, Director General of Statistics, Cuba
  • AbouBakr El Gendy, President, Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt
  • Belkacem Abdous, Director of Statistics, High Commission for Planning, Morocco
  • Anibal Sanchez Aguilar, Chief, National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), Peru
  • Romeo S. Recide, Deputy National Statistician, Office of the National Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippines
  • Martin Evans, Specialist in Child Poverty, Division of Policy and Strategy, UNICEF

This event will bring together leading statisticians at the forefront of innovations in poverty measurement, to discuss the value-added of multidimensional poverty measures, their data requirements and robustness and clarify how multidimensional poverty measures are distinct from standard ‘composite’ measures.

To attend the event, please just come along. If you wish to receive an email reminder as well as the event material electronically, please RSVP to mppn@ophi.org.uk with your name and job title. Please note: the event will be held in the UN Conference Building, and is only accessible to those who have a UN security pass.

If you would like to set up a meeting during the UN Statistics Commission meetings to learn more about national MPIs, please email Felipe Roa-Clavijo, our Policy and Communications Assistant (felipe.roa-clavijo@sant.ox.ac.uk), mentioning any particular interest you might have.

OPHI will be live-tweeting from the event (@ophi_oxford).


Further information about the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission (from the UN Statistics Division):

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About National and Global MPIs:

Governments such as Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam use official multidimensional poverty indices (MPIs), to measure SDG 1.2.  Each national MPI is tailor-made to the national context. For example, its design may reflect the constitution, or national development plan, or a participatory exploration of what poverty means. The national MPI may be computed using the same survey as income poverty metrics, or a different survey. It may be updated annually or every 2 years. Each national MPI is produced as an official poverty statistic, but a great deal of effort is made so that it is used to inform and energise policy.

Yet not all governments have national MPIs. Even when they do, national MPIs cannot be compared. So there is a value-added from having a comparable global MPI across developing countries and/or universally, with extensive and disaggregated information on the composition of poverty for different groups. A global MPI for developing countries has been estimated by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and by the UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, and disaggregated for 990 subnational regions, as well as by variables like age and rural-urban areas. The global MPI might be particularly useful for SDG target 1.2 of halving multidimensional poverty, and potentially by countries without tailor-made National MPIs at the present time.

About the MPPN:

This event is co-hosted with the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), a group of senior representatives from over 40 governments and international institutions, and its Secretariat, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development (OPHI), a research group in the University of Oxford.

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was launched in June 2013 at a distinguished event at the University of Oxford, at which President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Professor Amartya Sen gave keynote addresses. The network was established in response to the overwhelming demand for information on implementing multidimensional measures, and for technical and institutional support. The Network Steering Committee includes Ministers and senior government officials from China, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia as well as from OPHI.

Participants in the MPPN include Ministers and senior officials from over 40 governments and international agencies:  Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

Other international institutions that participate in the MPPN include BMZ (Government of Germany), the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).