Category Archives: Events

2007 Workshops – Archive

OPHI Launch Workshops
Start Date: 29 May 2007
End Date: 01 Jun 2007
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: This topic was proposed by a research workshop in May 2006, which observed that research is deeply affected by the lack of internationally comparable data on key capabilities or dimensions of deprivation and agreed that better data based on high quality empirical and conceptual research are needed. The workshop considered proposals for a short list of indicators that people cite as important in their experiences of poverty but are generally missing from internationally comparable surveys to date. See OPHI's Missing Dimensions pages for up to date information on work on this research theme. One page overview of Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data workshop.

Workshop on Teaching Human Development
Start Date: 28 Mar 2007
End Date: 31 Mar 2007
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: OPHI convened a four-day workshop in March 2007 on educational material for human development, to discuss course design and curriculum, pedagogical approaches to teaching human development, virtual learning spaces, textbooks and other teaching materials. The meeting took place in Oxford. This was the first OPHI meeting of academics teaching or wishing to start teaching in human development. The workshop included participants from universities and research centres in Brazil, China, Mexico, Uganda, Turkey, Japan, Papua New Guinea/Australia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Slovakia/Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Peru, Afghanistan, US and UK. It was an enriching opportunity to establish in a participatory way educational materials on human development as well as an ongoing learning community.

2008 Workshops – Archive

Open Dialogue with OPHI
Start Date: 16 Jun 2008
End Date: 16 Jun 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI researchers presented results of work in progress on Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, China, India, and Bhutan. In each of these cases, OPHI researchers use existing data to compare income poverty with a new multidimensional poverty measure (Alkire & Foster Working Paper 7) and explore the value added.

OPHI Workshop on Measuring Freedoms
Start Date: 28 May 2008
End Date: 29 May 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: A great deal of attention has focused on empirical studies related to multidimensional poverty. These could be conceived of as the measurement of functionings. Considerably less attention has been applied to empirical measures of capabilities and opportunity freedoms. Measures of process freedoms such as empowerment and political freedom have been developed, but the integration of these measures with the space of functionings has not occurred. This workshop focused on the borderlands between theoretical and empirical work on freedom.

OPHI Workshop on Weighting in Multidimensional Poverty Measures
Start Date: 26 May 2008
End Date: 27 May 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: In constructing multidimensional poverty measures, it is possible to apply weights a) in aggregating variables within one dimension; b) in aggregating across dimensions; c) in aggregating across people. At each point of aggregation, we need to determine the parameters that define the marginal contribution of each indicator, dimension, or individual to the overall well-being (or deprivation), taking into consideration also the possible interconnections among them. OPHI’s May 2008 workshop will consider a number of techniques to set weights for multidimensional measures.

2009 Workshop – Archive

OPHI Workshop on Policy: Uruguay Round
Start Date: 14 Oct 2009
End Date: 15 Oct 2009
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: OPHI held its first workshop with high-level policymakers from Latin America on 14/ 15 October in Montevideo, Uruguay. The aim was to assess the policy implications of OPHI’s work on the “missing dimensions” of human development. Participants from Argentina, Bolivia, … Continue reading OPHI Workshop on Policy: Uruguay Round

OPHI Workshop on ‘Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data’
Start Date: 16 Aug 2009
End Date: 16 Aug 2009
Location: Durban, South Africa
With: OPHI

Brief Description: On 16 August, OPHI conducted a workshop on the Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data in Durban, South Africa prior to the opening of the 57th session of the International Statistics Institute (ISI). The ISI has as its objective ‘to promote the understanding, development, and good practice of statistics worldwide’ and assembled more than 3,000 delegates over six days. OPHI took advantage of the ISI meetings to invite participants to attend a workshop to discuss OPHI’s survey modules and their relevance to understanding poverty in Africa, potential policy implications, and how the work of OPHI might be taken further in the region. OPHI is eager to become more involved in Africa and to test these modules in at least one African country.

OPHI Workshop on Multidimensional Measures in Six Contexts
Start Date: 01 Jun 2009
End Date: 02 Jun 2009
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI’s June 2009 small, high-level research workshop will examine several multidimensional measures used in six specific contexts - including the multidimensional poverty methodology developed by OPHI - to critically compare them, identify commonalities, advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies, and isolate shared weaknesses for which new methodologies should be developed.

OPHI Workshop on Robustness Methods for Multidimensional Welfare Analysis
Start Date: 05 May 2009
End Date: 06 May 2009
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: The goal of this OPHI workshop is to identify and discuss specific areas for research aimed at developing stronger methodologies of robustness for multidimensional well-being analysis. Special emphasis is given to stochastic dominance techniques. The sessions will survey how various methods have been applied in the literature, and identify strengths and weaknesses of the techniques and discuss potential further developments. We see this workshop as a first stage, and hope that some participants and invitees might prepare papers for a special issue that follows up on key ideas.

2010 Workshops – Archive

World Bank Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement
Start Date: 30 Aug 2010
End Date: 30 Aug 2010
Location: World Bank, Washington DC
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: The Poverty and Inequality Measurement and Analysis Practice Group August 30th, 2010, World Bank, Washington DC Poverty is multidimensional, and the Bank’s work reflects the importance of addressing the different dimensions of poverty. But, when talking about measurement , researchers … Continue reading World Bank Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

Multidimensional Poverty & Inequality: New Methods & Research Directions
Start Date: 14 Jun 2010
End Date: 16 Jun 2010
Location: Oxford Department of International Development
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: OPHI’s workshop on new methods and research directions in multidimensional poverty and inequality discussed innovative new techniques to measure multiple dimensions of life. Participants included senior academics, students and representatives from international agencies. The workshop was co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office, who OPHI is collaborating with on work towards the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report.

2011 Workshops – Archive

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2012 General Events – Archive

Bipolarization and Middle Class in Latin America 2000-2009
Start Date: 08 Jun 2012
End Date: 08 Jun 2012
Location: Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford
With: Professor Jacques Silber & Sir Tony Atkinson

Brief Description: This special seminar by Jacques Silber, Professor of Economics at Bar-Ilan University, Israel on inequality in Latin America, 7 June 2012, was chaired by Sir Tony Atkinson. Co-hosted by OPHI and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. 17:00-18:30, Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford.

Video 'New Frontiers in Poverty Measurement'
Start Date: 30 Apr 2012
End Date: 30 Apr 2012
Location: Oxford
With: Professor James E. Foster

Brief Description: Professor James E. Foster, George Washington University, presented on ‘New Frontiers in Poverty Measurement’, at a special seminar co-hosted by OPHI and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford

2008 Courses – Archive

2008 Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 28 Aug 2008
End Date: 09 Sep 2008
Location: Delhi, India
With: OPHI Director, Sabina Alkire, OPHI Researchers and Colleagues

Brief Description: Course purpose: To provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

Poverty Measurement in Human Development Foster 2008
Start Date: 28 Apr 2008
End Date: 28 Apr 2008
Location: University of Oxford
With: James Foster

Brief Description: Course purpose: To introduce and assess unidimensional and multidimensional poverty measurements and their uses in human development work.

2009 Courses – Archive

2009 Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 27 Aug 2009
End Date: 08 Sep 2009
Location: Lima Peru
With: OPHI & HDCA

Brief Description: Course purpose: To provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

OPHI Training for PEP survey teams from Nigeria, Chad and Sri Lanka
Start Date: 01 Jan 2009
End Date: 01 Jan 2009
Location:
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI staff in Oxford conducted a training course on survey design, implementation and analysis for representatives of three successful teams that were awarded grants by OPHI and the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) network. The training preceded the three teams’ … Continue reading OPHI Training for PEP survey teams from Nigeria, Chad and Sri Lanka

2010 Courses – Archive

Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty in Chile
Start Date: 06 Dec 2010
End Date: 17 Dec 2010
Location: Santiago, Chile
With: OPHI and CEPAL, the Ministry of Planning, Chile (MIDEPLAN) and the Foundation for Overcoming Poverty (FSP)

Brief Description: The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) co-organized a summer school on multidimensional poverty measurement with Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL/ECLAC), the Ministry of Planning, Chile (MIDEPLAN) and the Foundation for Overcoming Poverty (FSP). The course was held from 6-15 of December 2010 at Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) in Santiago, Chile. The entire course was conducted in Spanish language, and was specifically directed at policy makers, technical experts in government agencies and civil society, academic and professional investigators involved in the measurement of poverty. This course was held as part of the Programme to Support Social Cohesion EU-Chile implemented by various public institutions to promote policies that help overcome inequality and promoting social dialogue. In its first phase, the programme has funding of 20.5 million euros, provided equally by the European Union and the Government of Chile, under the coordination of the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (ACGI).

2010 Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty in Jordan
Start Date: 11 Sep 2010
End Date: 20 Sep 2010
Location: Amman, Jordan
With: Sabina Alkire (Director, OPHI) and OPHI Researchers

Brief Description: Course purpose: To provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

2011 Courses – Archive

Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 24 Aug 2011
End Date: 03 Sep 2011
Location: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
With: OPHI-HDCA

Brief Description: The capability approach formulated by Amartya Sen, and further developed by the philosopher Martha Nussbaum and others provides a conceptual framework that grounds many multidimensional approaches to poverty and social protection, including the MDGs, PRSPs, rights-based development, integrated social policy, and other specific initiatives. In the past few years, interest in multidimensional quantitative techniques of analysis has surged. New quantitative methodologies have been developed for measurement, comparisons, and analysis. Many more are still under development. It is a fast-moving area. The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

UNDP Oxford Course 2011 – Concepts, Measurement and Policy Implications
Start Date: 28 Feb 2011
End Date: 11 Mar 2011
Location: Eynsham Hall just outside Oxford, United Kingdom
With: OPHI and the UNDP Human Development Report Office

Brief Description: The course was aimed at staff in Ministries of Planning, Finance, Economy and national statistics offices who have experience and roles linked to development policy planning and monitoring, including Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and MDG-based strategies, as well as UNDP staff working on related issues including Resident Representatives, Deputy Resident Representatives, Advisors, and Human Development Focal Points. The course offered an in-depth review and policy-oriented introduction to key human development concepts, measures and analytical tools, and policy implications introduced in the Human Development Report 2010. A particular focus was placed on the new measures introduced in the HDI 2010, a topic on which country and staff demand has already been expressed.