The Government of Guatemala has formally decided to launch the process to develop a National Multidimensional Poverty Index (the G-MPI). Minister of Social Development José Moreno invited Dr John Hammock, co-founder of OPHI, to come to Guatemala to discuss a possible national MPI with the Government and various stakeholders that would be important in the development of a National MPI in Guatemala.
Hammock spoke to the leadership and also the technical staff of MIDES (the Ministry of Social Development). He singled out the importance of the trip of Vice Minister Demetreo Morán Herrera to the MPPN meeting in Acapulco late last year. Hammock also spoke to leaders of NGOs and key think tanks.
Also important were meetings with the Organization of American States, the UNDP and the European Union, all who expressed interest in supporting the program in different ways. In a meeting with the Minister and Vice Ministers of MIDES with Hammock, Vice President of Guatemala Dr Jafeth Cabrera Franco expressed the strong interest in a national MPI at the highest levels of the Government. As coordinator of the Social Cabinet of the country, he looked forward to presenting the National MPI to that Cabinet. He indicated that MIDES will lead the process but the full Government is behind the effort to build a National Guatemala MPI.