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The Global Multidimensional Poverty
Peer Network (MPPN)

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The Global Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network held a special side-event at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013 to discuss the future of multidimensional poverty measurement in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. For reports, video footage, a call to action and more, click here.

An international peer network for policymakers engaged in exploring or implementing multidimensional poverty measures

Providing peer-to-peer technical and policy support, and mutual input into design and institutional arrangements

santos-sabinaPoverty is often defined by one-dimensional measures, such as income. But no one indicator alone can capture the multiple aspects that constitute poverty.

A rapidly increasing number of policymakers around the world are working to establish multidimensional poverty measures. Many of them are using the Alkire Foster methodology and the related set of empirical techniques developed by OPHI.
These measures enable them to:

  • sen-sheldonianAllocate resources more effectively;
  • Improve policy design;
  • Identify interconnections among deprivations;
  • Monitor the effectiveness of policies over time;
  • Target poor people as beneficiaries of services or conditional cash transfers.

OPHI has published a brochure, ‘Measuring Multidimensional Poverty: Insights from Around the World‘, which features case studies on how the Alkire Foster method of measuring multidimensional poverty has been adapted and applied in Colombia, Mexico, Bhutan, China, El Salvador, Malaysia and Minas Gerais in Brazil, among others.

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was formally launched in Oxford on 6-7 June 2013, by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and high-level representatives from Mexico and around 20 other governments.

Watch videos and download the presentations given during the launch events

*2014 Read the latest brochure about the Network

Read about the launch events of 6-7 June 2013

See an agenda of the launch events

See a list of international participants

mppn6The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, which issupported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), provides international support to policy makers engaged in or exploring the construction of multidimensional poverty measures, including input into the design of the measures, and the political processes and institutional arrangements that will sustain them. At present, Ministers and senior officials from 22 countries participate in the Network, plus 5 institutions.

Read a letter from Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, about the launch of the network.

The network enables early adopters of multidimensional poverty measures to share their experiences directly with policy makers in other countries who are exploring the possibility or who are in the process of implementing such measures (‘South-South’ learning). It also provides access to resources including technical support, executive training courses and an online store of knowledge and lessons learned.

For example, in September 2013, policymakers from Mexico and Brazil joined members of Vietnam’s National Assembly and the UN’s Development Programme (UNDP) at a seminar in Hanoi  to discuss multidimensional approaches to setting poverty reduction targets and drafting social welfare policies. Hosted by the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee and UNDP, the seminar saw participants discuss practical, sustainable initiatives for poverty reduction. The meeting of member countries from the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was coordinated in the wake of the announcement in June 2013 by Vice-Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Nguyen Trong Dam, that Vietnam planned to adopt a multidimensional framework for measuring poverty.

mppn6The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was created in response to the overwhelming demand for information on implementing multidimensional measures, and for technical and institutional support. OPHI manages and coordinates the network, along with founding members CONEVAL (Mexico’s National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy), and Colombia’s National Planning Department (DNP) and Department for Social Prosperity (DPS).

As more and more countries join the network and share their experiences, the resources that can be accessed increase and the impact of multidimensional poverty measurement in the international arena grows. The aim of the network is that this will lead to policies that are better designed, accurately targeted and more effective in alleviating poverty in all its dimensions.

Read the announcement issued at the launch of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network.

Participants in the network at present include policymakers from:
mppn2Dominican Republic
The Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC)
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) (9 member and associate member states)
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) (15 member states)
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

Network news

Iraqi Human Development Report presents multidimensional poverty index as tool for youth empowerment Ministry of Planning, Iraq and UNDP, Iraq have launched a report that uses a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to allow for an in-depth understanding of the nature and severity of deprivation in Iraq. Read more

Chile to publish national Multidimensional Poverty Index The Chilean government have announced that they plan to launch a national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in 2015. Ahead of the launch, the country’s national press is leading a discussion of multidimensional poverty measurement, and interviews with both Sabina Alkire and James Foster have been published in major newspapers. Read more

Ho Chi Minh takes lead in piloting a new multidimensional poverty measure in Vietnam OPHI's John Hammock and Mihika Chatterjee attend seminar in Vietnam as the country reaffirms its commitment to developing multidimensional poverty measures. Read more

Nigerian newspaper This Day Live publishes article on Global MPI 2014 Dr. Shamsuddin Usman called on policy makers to take into account the experience of people in poverty identified by the Global MPI 2014 in drafting anti-poverty policies. Read more

The Dominican Republic hosts discussion on Multidimensional Poverty OPHI Director Sabina Alkire attended and delivered a lecture at a discussion hosted by the Vice President Dr Margarita Cedeño of the Dominican Republic. Read more

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