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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2017 (2 page briefing)

OPHI Briefing 48 (pdf)

The global MPI is a new generation of multidimensional measures that supports key priorities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). High-resolution poverty diagnostics are needed to leave no one behind. The global MPI is disaggregated by children, disability status, sub-national regions and rural/urban areas. Linked indices of destitution and severe poverty highlight the very poorest. The SDGs call for analyses of interlinkages across indicators, and the global MPI is built upon household-level multidimensional poverty profiles. The SDGs advocate integrated multisectoral policies. The global MPI unfolds to show the composition of poverty by indicator nationally, and in every disaggregated group.

Authors: Sabina Alkire and Gisela Robles

Year: 2017

2016 Seminar – Archive

Monday 28 November
Do alternative measures of poverty matter? A comparison between consumption poverty and multidimensional poverty in Indonesia
With: Usha Kanagaratnam, DPhil candidate

Monday 21 November
Multidimensional poverty in China 2010-2014 Presentation
With: Yangyang Shen, OPHI

Monday 14 November
Changes in multidimensional poverty among countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – Results for 35 Countries
With: Christoph Jindra, OPHI

Monday 7 November
Measurement and determinants of child multidimensional poverty in Senegal
With: Bouba Housseini, OPHI

Monday 31 October
The research agenda on multidimensional poverty: important and as-yet unanswered questions
With: Dr Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI

Monday 24 October
The Role of Natural Resources in the Aid-Growth-Poverty Puzzle
With: Juliana Milovich, University Paris Nanterre, France.

Monday 17 October
From academic research to policy and impact: lessons learned from OPHI Presentation
With: John Hammock, Co-founder of OPHI

Monday 10 October
Global MPI 2016 Presentation
With: Dr Sabina Alkire, Christoph Jindra, Bouba Housseini & Yangyang Shen

Monday 7 March
Changes in Multidimensional Poverty - some preliminary new results
With: Christoph Jindra, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 29 February
Dynamic Measurement of China's Multidimensional Poverty and Stability Analysis - based on a comparison with income poverty Presentation
With: Yingfeng Fang, Wuhan University

Monday 22 February
Growth and Poverty Revisited from a Multidimensional Perspective Presentation
With: Maria Emma Santos, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas & OPHI

Monday 15 February
China's Global MPI Presentation
With: Yangyang Shen, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 8 February
A Typology for the Measures of Poverty Using Multiple Deprivation Indicators Presentation
With: Selcuk Beduk, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford

Monday 1 February
Measuring Autonomy: Evidence from Bangladesh Presentation
With: Ana Vaz, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 25 January
Measuring Multidimensional Poverty for Children aged 0-17: an exploratory analysis
With: Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI

Monday 18 January
Work and Well-being. A Conceptual Suggestion based on the Capability Approach Presentation
With: Nicolai Suppa, Technical University of Dortmund

2016 Workshops – Archive

Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty Levels and Trends
Start Date: 06 Dec 2016
End Date: 07 Dec 2016
Location: Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford

Brief Description: An introduction to OPHI presented by Sabina Alkire 10:30-11:00 Econometric Analyses of Multidimensional Poverty by Nicolai Suppa Discussant: William Greene 11:20-12:10 Ethnic Diversity and Multidimensional Poverty by Christian Oldiges and Bilal Malaeb Discussant: Andrew Gelman   13:10-14:00 Good governance and … Continue reading Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty Levels and Trends

2012 Workshops – Archive

Workshop on Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia
Start Date: 03 Dec 2012
End Date: 04 Dec 2012
Location: Washington DC, USA
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI will be taking part in a workshop on 'Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia' in Washington DC, USA, from 3-4 December.

Dynamic Comparison between Multidimensional Poverty and Monetary Poverty
Start Date: 21 Nov 2012
End Date: 22 Nov 2012
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI and Stephan Klasen

Brief Description: This workshop was held in Oxford by OPHI and Stephan Klasen, Professor of Development Economics and Empirical Economic Research at the University of Göttingen, Germany. The workshop saw 17 papers presented: two of them on multidimensional poverty methods; two on monetary poverty; and 13 in which monetary poverty and multidimensional poverty were compared in different countries, including Bhutan, India, Nepal, Uganda, Vietnam, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa. You can download and listen to the presentations given by clicking on the links in the table below.

Workshop on Value Judgements in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design
Start Date: 28 Jun 2012
End Date: 29 Jun 2012
Location: Oxford Department of International Development
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: Research Workshop | 28-29 June, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford 2012 This intensive workshop joined together philosophers and economists to discuss a very specific, practical topic – the design of new multidimensional poverty measures – and flesh out some … Continue reading Workshop on Value Judgements in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design

2016 General Events – Archive

OPHI Summer School 2016
Start Date: 01 Aug 2016
End Date: 13 Aug 2016
Location: Beijing, China
With: OPHI Researchers & Director

Brief Description: The annual OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis will be held in Beijing, China, from 1-14 August 2016.

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT - an exhibition of fieldwork photographs from the Oxford Department of International Development
Start Date: 09 May 2016
End Date: 13 May 2016
Location: QEH, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

Brief Description: At the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), where OPHI is one of the research centres, our research addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time, from migration and refugees to radicalisation and conflict, from poverty and inequality … Continue reading GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT – an exhibition of fieldwork photographs from the Oxford Department of International Development

Measuring and reducing poverty in all its dimensions
Start Date: 07 Mar 2016
End Date: 07 Mar 2016
Location: Conf. room A (CB), United Nations, New York
With: Sabina Alkire, senior statisticians

Brief Description: OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will host a side event, ‘Measuring and reducing poverty in all its dimensions,’ at the 47th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in New York. This event will highlight the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as a tool that can measure poverty in all its dimensions and fulfil SDG indicator 1.2.2.

2015 General Events – Archive

OPHI Training Course in Dakar
Start Date: 30 Nov 2015
End Date: 06 Dec 2015
Location: Dakar, Senegal

Brief Description: OPHI, in collaboration with SESRIC, ISFD and COMCEC, is hosting a training course in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement in Dakar, Senegal.

Anchoring a Global Multidimensional Poverty Index within the Sustainable Development Goals
Start Date: 27 Sep 2015
End Date: 27 Sep 2015
Location: UN General Assembly, New York
With: Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica

Brief Description: High-level side event at the UN General Assembly, New York 27 September 2015, Conference Room 3 (CR3), 1:15-2:45 pm, with 20 eminent speakers. At this critical juncture in the process of finalising how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be measured, this important side event showed the importance of embedding a multidimensional measure of poverty within the new framework.

US launch of OPHI's book on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis
Start Date: 13 Sep 2015
End Date: 13 Sep 2015
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
With: HDCA

Brief Description: The US launch of OPHI's book on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis took place at the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) conference on Sunday 13 September 2015.

Global MPI 2015 and OPHI Book launches: How multidimensional measurement can transform the fight against poverty
Start Date: 22 Jun 2015
End Date: 22 Jun 2015
Location: Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Longwall Street, Oxford OX1 4AU
With: Discussants: Selim Jehan, Director, HDRO; Professor Brian Nolan; Dr Max Roser; Professor Frances Stewart

Brief Description: This special event, hosted by OPHI, combined the launch of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2015 and the launch of our new book, Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis (OUP 2015).

MPPN Third Annual Meeting
Start Date: 02 Jun 2015
End Date: 03 Jun 2016
Location: Cartagena, Colombia

Brief Description: The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network held its third Annual Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, on 2 - 3 June 2015. High-level Government representatives from the Network's more than 40 member countries participated. More information on the MPPN website,

Drama on Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 15 May 2015
End Date: 15 May 2015
Location: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford
With: Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford

Brief Description: OPHI presented a short play exploring multidimensional poverty at the Ashmolean Museum’s Live Friday event on 15 May 2015.

Special Side-Event at the Cartagena Data Festival
Start Date: 21 Apr 2015
End Date: 21 Apr 2015
Location: Cartagena, Colombia

Brief Description: This side-event will highlight a new multidimensional poverty measure that can help to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” – a key component of the first goal of the final Open Working Group proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2014 General Events – Archive

Special Side-Event at the 69th UN General Assembly
Start Date: 25 Sep 2014
End Date: 25 Sep 2014
Location: Conference Room 1, UN Headquarters, New York

Brief Description: Facebook & Twitter #MPI2015+ #UNGA Governments call on UN to adopt a new global multidimensional poverty measure Outcomes of special side-event at the 69th UN General Assembly, 25 September 2014 “Universal Multidimensional Poverty Measurement for the Effective Implementation of the … Continue reading Special Side-Event at the 69th UN General Assembly

Launch of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014
Start Date: 16 Jun 2014
End Date: 16 Jun 2014
Location: Overseas Development Institute, London
With: OPHI’s Sabina Alkire, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz, co-authors of this year’s MPI outputs; Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning (video contribution); Kevin Watkins, Executive Director at the ODI; James Foster, OPHI Research Associate and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Brief Description: OPHI will launch the Global MPI 2014 at an event titled 'Tackling Poverty: How multidimensional poverty measurement reveals who is poor, how they are poor and where poverty has fallen', to be held at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

2013 General Events – Archive

Multidimensional poverty measurement in the post-2015 development context
Start Date: 24 Sep 2013
End Date: 24 Sep 2013
Location: UN, New York
With: Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network

Brief Description: The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), of which OPHI is the Secretariat, held a special side-event at the UN General Assembly to discuss the future of multidimensional poverty measurement in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. Panelists at the event, which was webcast live, included ministers from Germany, Colombia, the Philippines, Mexico and Nigeria, as well as OPHI’s Director Sabina Alkire and Erik Solheim, Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee.

Launch of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
Start Date: 06 Jun 2013
End Date: 07 Jun 2013
Location: Oxford
With: Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network

Brief Description: President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia joined high-level representatives from Mexico and around 20 other governments to formally launch a new Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network in Oxford on 6-7 June. This international peer network for policy makers engaged in implementing multidimensional poverty measures provides peer-to-peer technical and policy support, and mutual input into design and institutional arrangements.

Amartya Sen lecture on ‘Discovery of Women’
Start Date: 06 Jun 2013
End Date: 06 Jun 2013
Location: Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
With: Amartya Sen

Brief Description: OPHI was delighted to host a Distinguished Public Lecture by our advisor Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate in Economics and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. The lecture, on the subject ‘Discovery of Women’, was given in a packed … Continue reading Amartya Sen lecture on ‘Discovery of Women’

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2017 (16 page briefing)

OPHI Briefing 47 (pdf)

The 2017 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) provides a headline estimation of poverty and its composition for 103 countries across the world. The global MPI measures the nature and intensity of poverty, based on the profile of overlapping deprivations each poor person experiences. It aggregates these into meaningful indexes that can be used to inform targeting and resource allocation and to design policies that tackle the interlinked dimensions of poverty together.

Authors: Sabina Alkire and Gisela Robles

Year: 2017