Applications now accepted for the 2016 OPHI Summer School in Beijing, China
The annual OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement will be held in Beijing, China, from 1-14 August 2016. The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Information for prospective applicants, including an application form, is available here.
MPI study for Indonesia presented in Jakarta
On February 10, a new MPI study for Indonesia was launched in Jakarta. The study was the product of research by Prakarsa – Welfare Initiatives for Better Societies, a think-tank focusing on welfare-related topics. The study, which is an example of an MPI in Indonesia covering the 2012-2014 period, was carried out nationally and for over 500 districts. The study aims to fuel public discussion about the usefulness of an MPI to national and local policy making. OPHI Director Sabina Alkire participated in the launch event. Read more…
President Correa launches new national MPI for Ecuador
Ecuador has become the latest country to launch its own National Multidimensional Poverty Index. The Index, which has been developed with technical support from OPHI, was presented by the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, at an event in Quito on 5 February, 2016. OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, who attended the presentation, congratulated Ecuador on the elaboration of a National MPI and said that the Index will be very helpful in Ecuador’s efforts to tackle poverty and ensure that policy efforts leave no one behind. Read more…
New OPHI Working Paper on how to measure destitution
A reduction in overall poverty may not necessarily improve the situations of the poorest members of society; the destitute. In order to reach and assist this group of people, it is crucial to distinguish them from people who are ‘moderately’ poor. The new OPHI Working Paper, Identifying Destitution through Linked Subsets of Multidimensionally Poor: An Ordinal Approach (pdf), discusses how best to measure who is destitute. The Working Paper is written by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and OPHI Research Associate Suman Seth.
New report on child poverty
A new report from Save the Children, Child poverty: What drives it and what it means to children across the world, (pdf) looks at the situation of children living in poverty across the world. It shines a light on the drivers of child poverty and explores why it persists, even in some very wealthy locations. Read more…
Global MPI updates – Winter 2015/16
OPHI has updated its Global Multidimensional Poverty Index. As new datasets have become available for Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Malawi and Yemen, these countries now have updated MPI estimations. The Global MPI now includes data for 990 subnational regions across 78 countries; covering nearly all MPI poor people worldwide. Read more…
Why map poverty?
One of the the strengths of measuring multidimensional poverty levels is that the results can be broken down and used to generate poverty maps. Such maps give an immediate, at-a-glance impression of where poverty is most acute, and where interventions are most urgently needed. Read more…
Videos and interviews from the MPPN High Level Annual Meeting 2015
The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network is a South-South initiative that supports policymakers to develop multidimensional poverty measures. Its 2015 meeting took place in Cartagena, Colombia. Watch videos of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivering the keynote speech (in Spanish), a round table discussion of Colombian ministers working on the MPI, and OPHI Director Sabina Alkire on the role of the Global MPI for the Sustainable Development Goals. China, South Africa, Honduras, Vietnam and Turkey were among the countries that presented their experiences with national MPIs, and experts from Costa Rica, Senegal and the Philippines were interviewed about their MPI processes. More information (on the MPPN website).
The 2015 Bhutan Gross National Happiness Index
The 2015 Index was presented at the Conference on Gross National Happiness Index 2015 by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchoen Tshering Togbay. The Prime Minister’s keynote address drew on the history, development and perspectives of the GNH Index and reported on the 2015 findings. “Over forty years since its introduction, Bhutan has ensured that GNH has been the unifying force behind all policy formulation, and has shaped the country’s five-year planning cycle. The GNH Index is guided by a domain-based conceptual framework that shifts the focus solely from the economy alone, or from subjective happiness alone, to include other critical domains of people’s lives that lead to enhanced wellbeing.” Read full speech.