World Bank Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Workshop

Sabina Alkire, OPHI Director presenting to Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Workshop World Bank

OPHI presented the new Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) at a Washington DC workshop organized by the Poverty and Inequality Measurement and Analysis Practice Group of the World Bank last month. About one hundred bank staff chose to participate in the meeting, including country offices of Brazil, Mauritius, Kenya and Uganda by video conference.

The workshop began with presentations from OPHI’s Sabina Alkire, James Foster and Maria Emma Santos on some of the challenges to multidimensional poverty measurement, the MPI methodology and the results of poverty analysis in 104 developing countries.

In the afternoon, Gonzalo Hernandez-Licona and Ricardo Aparicio, of Mexico’s National Evaluation Commission (CONEVAL), presented methodological and institutional issues faced by their team in the construction of a national multidimensional measure by CONEVAL in Mexico.

The workshop closed with a panel discussion including six speakers from the Bank, who gave their perspectives on the measure. The panellists included Samuel Freije, Senior Economist, Poverty and Gender, Latina America and the Caribbean, Gabriel Demombynes, Senior Economist, Africa PREM, Nairobi Office, Rinku Murgai, Senior Economist, South Asia PREM, Delhi Office, Ruslan Yemtsov, Lead Economst, Social Protection Anchor, Nobuo Yoshida. Senior Economist, Poverty and Equity, Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, Development Research Group Poverty and Inequality and Jaime Saavedra, Acting Director, Poverty Reduction and Equity.

The MPI is a new measure of international poverty, launched by OPHI and the UNDP Human Development Report in July. OPHI’s Sabina Alkire and Maria Emma Santos devised the new index, using a methodology developed by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and colleague James Foster, Professor of Economics at George Washington University.

Photos, the MPI presentation and more information are available from OPHI’s workshops page.