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The Alkire Foster method in research and policy

Research applications

The Alkire Foster method for multidimensional measurement has been applied by researchers for different purposes and for different countries and regions of the world.

For example, practical applications of the Alkire Foster method are available for poverty in:

OPHI research papers have also applied the Alkire Foster method to additional problems including:

Policy applications

The Alkire Foster method for multidimensional measurement has been used by policymakers in countries around the world to create national measures of poverty and wellbeing. Find out more about national measures of poverty and other policy applications of the Alkire Foster method on our policy pages.

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World leaders show how integrated policies to fight poverty need multidimensional measures During the United Nations summit to agree a historic new global development agenda, twenty eminent speakers stressed the importance of adopting a multidimensional approach to measuring and eradicating poverty at the national and global levels. Read more

Towards a Multidimensional Poverty Index for Germany A new study published in the OPHI working paper series proposes a multidimensional poverty index (MPI) for Germany to reveal the overlapping disadvantages poor people can face across different areas of life. Read more

Blog: Income and Multidimensional Poverty – Fighting poverty in all its dimensions In this blog post, OPHI Director Sabina Alkire discusses how global and national measures of multidimensional poverty can energise a coordinated, effective and multi-sectoral attack on poverty in all its dimensions, helping to measure target 1.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in Latin America: Previous Experience and the Way Forward This paper states the need to design a multidimensional poverty index for the Latin America region (LA-MPI) that can monitor poverty trends in a cross-country comparable way, yet is also relevant to the particular regional context. Read more

Measuring Conjoint Vulnerabilities in Italy: An Asset-Based Approach This paper uses an asset-based approach, focusing on the resources that individuals and households can draw upon to reduce economic vulnerability and strengthen their resilience. Read more

Measuring and Decomposing Inequality among the Multidimensionally Poor Using Ordinal Data: A Counting Approach A paper by Suman Seth and Sabina Alkire proposes the use of a separate decomposable inequality measure using Demographic Health Survey datasets. Read more