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
The deadlines are approaching for OPHI's annual Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis, to be held at Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford, UK,
this year, from 11-22 August 2014
, with a final exam on 23 August. The deadline for applicants requesting financial support is 16 March
, and the final deadline for all applications is 23 March
. Led by OPHI's Director and Research Officers, the intensive Summer School provides a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. For more information and to apply online, click here
Srijit Mishra, Associate Professor at the Indira Ghandi Institute of Development Research, will be giving our final lunchtime lecture of the term on Thursday 13 March. His seminar on 'Measuring human development index: The old, the new and the elegant'
will take place from 12-1pm in Seminar Room 3, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, OX1 3TB, and a free sandwich lunch will be available on a first come, first served basis.
The lunchtime seminar series is open to all, and provides an opportunity to listen to lectures on issues relating to OPHI’s research themes
. Many of the seminars are 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.
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.
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 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
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.
The launch events included a Policy Symposium, at which Colombia and Mexico presented their official national measures, and high-level representatives of China, Mexico, Morocco, India, Brazil, Malaysia and El Salvador discussed their explorations in poverty measurement. A series of roundtables was also held, on national and subnational applications of multidimensional measures. You can see the agenda for 6-7 June and download the podcasts and presentations here.
President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia formally launched the network with a speech to participants; you can watch the video here and read the transcript of his speech here. You can also read about the launch events of 6-7 June here.