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This page provides information on various ways to interact with OPHI, whether learning about our work, supporting us, joining us as a volunteer, doing your thesis on related topics, or engaging in a short course.

Short courses and specialised training

OPHI Summer School. Once a year OPHI offers a two-week intensive course on multidimensional measurement. It is open to academics and to practitioners in government, international agencies and civil society organizations.  OPHI has offered these courses each year for the past seven years. Please find out more by clicking here. Videos of lectures from these courses  can be found in English and in Spanish.

Short Courses and e-learning materials. Periodically OPHI offers short courses on our methodologies, both to quantitative social scientists and to practitioners. OPHI also makes teaching and learning materials from past courses available online. Information on these courses and e-learning materials can be found on our short courses pages.

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Sign-up for the e-Update: The OPHI e-Update goes out every two months and contains information about our latest events, opportunities and research findings.

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Learn about the Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA): The HDCA is an association of researchers and practitioners whose work develops and advances the human development and capability approach. The Association has an informative website, including briefings on key themes, an extensive bibliography, thematic groups (including a graduate student network), a members’ directory, unpublished manuscripts, teaching resources, and news and events. You can join HDCA to access members-only resources and receive the Journal of Human Development and Capability. HDCA provides a swift way to connect with others with similar interests.

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Support OPHI

Financial Support. OPHI is entirely funded by grants and private donations from governments, international agencies, foundations and individuals. We receive both annual funding and endowment gifts. If you wish to support OPHI please see our page on giving. You may also email John Hammock, who will be glad both to answer any questions you have about OPHI. Contributions to Oxford University are tax deductible in the USA. A list of OPHI supporters can be found here.

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Study at Oxford

Doctoral work. OPHI is able to co-supervise or informally support University of Oxford social science DPhil students whose research interests directly relate to the current research agenda and to the work of OPHI. All students must locate independent funding, and obtain admission through the usual procedures in the University of Oxford. Information on these procedures can be found here. Information about the funding options of which we are aware, can be found here. Due to our limited capacity, OPHI only accepts doctoral students whose work focuses directly on one of our research areas.

Graduate Studies. The Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, offers a number of masters’ courses. OPHI teaches on several graduate level courses at the University of Oxford, including on the Poverty and Human Development module of the MPhil in Development Studies. Information on these courses, and also on the funding options of which we are aware, can be found here.

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Multidimensional Poverty Indices Launched in Costa Rica and El Salvador Both Costa Rica and El Salvador launched a national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) on the same day, October 29th.  OPHI’s co-founder John Hammock and Outreach Technical Director Adriana Conconi participated in these launches, John Hammock in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, and Adriana Conconi in San Salvador. In their remarks the OPHI representatives stressed both […] Read more

Global Monitoring Report includes first-time coverage of Multidimensional Poverty Index The Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2015/2016, produced jointly by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, details findings from the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for the first time. Read more

OPHI’s work included in top 20 global development impact case studies OPHI’s work has been included in the top 20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to global development, a list compiled by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKDCS). Read more

Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in Latin America: Previous Experience and the Way Forward This paper states the need to design a multidimensional poverty index for the Latin America region (LA-MPI) that can monitor poverty trends in a cross-country comparable way, yet is also relevant to the particular regional context. Read more

Measuring Conjoint Vulnerabilities in Italy: An Asset-Based Approach This paper uses an asset-based approach, focusing on the resources that individuals and households can draw upon to reduce economic vulnerability and strengthen their resilience. Read more

Measuring and Decomposing Inequality among the Multidimensionally Poor Using Ordinal Data: A Counting Approach A paper by Suman Seth and Sabina Alkire proposes the use of a separate decomposable inequality measure using Demographic Health Survey datasets. Read more