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One-dimensional measures miss a lot. No one indicator – such as income – can capture the multiple aspects that constitute poverty, well-being or empowerment.

The Alkire Foster (AF) method of multidimensional measurement developed at OPHI enables robust and better-informed policies to be designed, monitored and evaluated.

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Multidimensional poverty measures can be used to create a more comprehensive picture of the deprivations poor people experience.

 What are the benefits of the AF method to policymakers?

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The AF method is a flexible measure that can be adapted to different contexts and used in several ways.

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Read about local, national and international policy applications of the AF method.

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OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network are calling for a multidimensional poverty measure to be included in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network

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A South-South initiative that supports policymakers to develop multidimensional poverty measures.

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