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It is possible to “do something” about poverty. Since its inception in 2007, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has worked to advance individual freedom and overcome poverty by combining rigorous academic research with practical outreach. Acting as a nexus for leading poverty researchers, practitioners, business leaders, and policy makers from all over the globe, OPHI advances sustainable development research while engaging in policy in ways that directly serve the poorest people. OPHI understands that good data are vital for good policy and has taken practical steps to remove existing bottlenecks to effective poverty measurement.

The results of this exacting pragmatism can be found in OPHI’s successful partnerships and projects. In 2009, the Government of Mexico adopted the Alkire Foster method for measuring multidimensional poverty, an OPHI-developed method, which will allow Mexico to more accurately measure both the intensity and depth of poverty at the household level. The Alkire Foster method also provides a mechanism to efficiently gauge the progress of social programs that target poverty. OPHI has also constructed an international poverty measure – the Multidimensional Poverty Index – for more than 100 countries that features in the United Nations Development Programme 2010 Human Development Report. The result will be better information on poor people’s actual lives and the multiple deprivations they endure.

OPHI’s accomplishments have led to an increased demand for its research and services. A number of other nations, charities, NGOs, and private sector groups have, for example, approached OPHI to use OPHI’s measures to obtain a birds-eye view of their own portfolio for monitoring purposes. Along with these new partnerships, OPHI intends to continue to set industry standards for multidimensional poverty measurement and well-being measurement. OPHI also strives to share its innovations and methodologies with students, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers by developing broadly accessible teaching and web resources.

OPHI will not be able to fully achieve these goals without committed new supporters and increased financial support. The unfortunate reality is that many of the organizations and government agencies who work on poverty reduction and wish to team up with OPHI receive scant funding themselves. OPHI’s work is funded entirely by grants and private donations from governments, international agencies, foundations, and individuals. We are grateful for this support. See our supporters page for a list of OPHI’s current sponsors.

We believe in showing respect for the resources given to OPHI by conducting OPHI’s operations as cost efficiently and transparently as possible. We also very much value the ideas and experience of all of our donors. To join OPHI and its fight against poverty, please consider making a gift.


Donations via credit or debit card may be made online through The University of Oxford’s Online Giving Page.

  • Please be certain to select the button for The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) to ensure that your gift is properly directed.

For Residents of the United States, tax deductible donations may be made online via credit card through The University of Oxford North American Office.

  • Please select “Other” from the drop-down list and then type “OPHI/Dept. of International Development” in the box below.

US Residents may also make a donation by mail by printing and mailing the University of Oxford’s North American Office’s Gift Form for US Residents.

  • There is also information on the North American Office’s website on alternative forms of giving, including securities on their Planned Giving pages.

We welcome your questions. If you have any additional questions regarding support for OPHI, please contact John Hammock.