OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
are calling for an integrated measure of multidimensional poverty to be included the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), to complement income poverty measures and show the interconnected deprivations people experience. Read more
OPHI also draws attention to the Gross National Happiness Index created by the Royal Government of Bhutan, a measure of progress which includes both economic and non-economic aspects of wellbeing. Find out more
The Chilean government announced its new national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) on 24 January 2015. The national MPI was announced at the same time as the government released its updated income poverty measure. Chile joins Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines and Bhutan as the fifth government to adopt officially a national MPI. Read more
OPHI released the latest updates of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) on 7 January 2015. In total, the Global MPI now covers 110 countries, which are home to 78 per cent of the world’s population. Of this proportion, 30 per cent of people (1.6 billion) are identified as multidimensionally poor.
Download the Winter 2014/2015 MPI highlights briefing
on how poverty varies within countries.
Further information can be found in our country-specific briefings, interactive databank,
detailed Global MPI data tables
Read online: First chapters of OPHI book on multidimensional poverty now available
Chapters 1 - 9 of OPHI’s forthcoming book, ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis’
, are now available to download as working papers
. The book provides an in-depth account of multidimensional poverty measurement, with a particular focus on the Alkire Foster method
. Further chapters will be made available over the coming weeks, both as working papers and electronically on the book website
, alongside a range of study and teaching resources. The book will be published in hardcopy by Oxford University Press
in June 2015.
Poverty 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.
At a high-profile side-event at the 69th
UN General Assembly in September 2014, senior leaders from eight governments and institutions called on the UN to adopt a new multidimensional poverty measure to support the eradication of poverty in all its forms in the post-2015 development agenda. Read more
and watch a video
of the event.
MPPN and OPHI propose post-2015 household survey modules
The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN)
and OPHI, which acts as the Network's Secretariat, have launched light but powerful household survey modules
, in response to the widely agreed need for a 'data revolution' post-2015. The draft survey modules, which are offered to spark discussion and invite improvement, reflects the technical, cultural, and political insights of MPPN members, and was deemed to be feasible and informative across a wide range of country contexts. It aims to provide large-scale, multi-topic data that are frequent and accurate, gendered and reflect the post-2015 process. We welcome your comments. Find out more.
Multidimensional poverty measurement: Online training
OPHI's online training portal
provides a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method
. Videos are available for most of the sessions, as well as audio files, lecture slides, exercises and reading lists.
are also available from an intensive training course on multidimensional poverty analysis run by OPHI in Managua, Nicaragua and hosted by the Universidad Centroamericana. En Español