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Philippines adopts multidimensional poverty measure

The Government of the Philippines has adopted an official multidimensional poverty measure in its updated Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016). The measure has been used to set a key poverty reduction target in an effort to secure inclusive growth and improvements in quality of life in the country, which has nearly 97 million inhabitants. The updated plan, which spells out the government’s policy actions and investment priorities in 2014-2016, pledges to reduce the incidence of multidimensional poverty to 16-18 percent. The new multidimensional poverty indicator is based on the Alkire Foster method for multidimensional measurement, which has been adapted to the national context and priorities of the Philippines. You can read more here.

Multidimensional poverty measurement workshop held in China

Sabina-with-Zheng-Wenkai-for-websiteThe International Poverty Reduction Center of China (IPRCC) hosted a two-day International Workshop on Accurate Poverty Alleviation and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement on 27-28 March 2014, in Beijing, China. The workshop was opened by Zheng Wenkai (right, with OPHI's Sabina Alkire), Deputy Director General of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China, and Dr. Zuo Changsheng, Director General of the IPRCC. It was attended by members of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, who shared their experiences of using a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The workshop built on the work of the IPRCC with OPHI over the last years in developing an MPI methodology for use in China. Read more.

Listen again to OPHI's lunchtime seminar series

OPHI's lunchtime seminar series has now ended for the term, but you can still listen to many of the presentations that were given and browse our archives for talks from previous terms. The series provides an opportunity to hear lectures on issues relating to OPHI’s research themes, with many of the seminars made available as audio podcasts on our website afterwards. You can browse previous lectures, download presentations and view the full listings on our seminar series page.

A post-2015 headline indicator of multidimensional poverty

post_2015Poverty is more than a lack of income. A million voices have said so in the A Million Voices: World We Want report. A post-2015 agenda in which the focus in on ending $1.25/day poverty will miss these insights, and is unlikely to mean the end of the many overlapping disadvantages faced by people living in poverty, including malnutrition, poor sanitation, a lack of electricity, or ramshackle schools. That is why OPHI and 25+ governments and institutions in the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) are calling for an integrated multidimensional poverty measure post-2015 to draw attention to the bundles of deprivations poor people describe – and live.

post2015_4Side-event and webcast at the UN GA

You can now read the call for action issued by the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) along with the World Bank, UNDP and OECD, at a special side-event at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013 on ‘Multidimensional poverty measurement in the post-2015 development context’.

Panelists at the event included ministers from Germany, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Morocco, Nigeria and Chile, as well as representatives of the OECD, UNDP and the World Bank, and OPHI’s Director Sabina Alkire. On-demand webcast coverage and highlights from the event are available here.

Spanish-language Training Course - materials available online

managuaSpanish-language materials from the intensive training course on multidimensional poverty analysis run by OPHI in Managua, Nicaragua, are now available on our website. The course, which was hosted by the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), was led by OPHI's research team, and provided a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. To access presentations, exercises and more, click here. En Español

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network - new resources


You can now watch video recordings and download presentations from all the public events held to launch a new Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network in Oxford on 6-7 June 2013. The network, for policymakers engaged in implementing multidimensional poverty measures, enables early adopters to share their experiences directly with other members. Find out more.

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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2013

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