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Special Side-Event at the 69th UN General Assembly

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.

New! Household survey modules to measure poverty related SDGs

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.

Ministers meet to endorse multidimensional poverty measurement

MPPN_Berlingroup Ministers and senior policymakers from over 30 governments and international institutions gathered in Berlin from 7-8th July 2014 to discuss the importance of multidimensional measures of poverty as a powerful policy tool for enhanced poverty reduction at the national and global levels. They also endorsed multidimensional poverty as an overall goal of the new Sustainable Development Goals, and championed the creation of a new Multidimensional Poverty Index 2015+ to support the post-2015 agenda. Read more.

Global MPI 2014 - resources now available!

Key findings and a wealth of resources from the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2014 are available following the launch of this year's results on 16 June 2014. You can download the data, browse country-specific profiles and case studies, and read new studies on: who are the destitute and where do they live; what percentage of MPI poor people live in rural vs urban areasreducing MPI poverty – which low-income and least-developed countries have shown impressive leadership; and inequality among the poor and disparity across regions.   mpi2014_infographics mpi2014_interactive mpi2014_video

OPHI,-UNDP,-Pakistan-signing-WEBPakistan to develop a national Multidimensional Poverty Index

Pakistan's Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and OPHI have signed an agreement to develop a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan. The signing marks the beginning of the process of regularly calculating a new poverty index for Pakistan which will be based on the Alkire Foster method developed at OPHI. The announcement of the agreement followed a 10-day training course on the AF method run by OPHI at the Pakistan Planning and Management Institute in Islamabad. You can read more here.

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.

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.

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

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