Side event at UN Statistical Commission
New Alkire-Foster WP
Peru takes up multidimensional poverty measurement
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OPHI and MPPN host side event at UN Statistical Commission

On 7 March, OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) hosted a Side Event at the 47th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in New York. The Commission is the key UN statistical entity, with participation from national and international statistical leaders from across the world. One of the key discussion topics at this session was the indicator framework to be used for measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. For OPHI and the MPPN, this event was a good opportunity to share countries’ experiences with multidimensional poverty measurement.

The side event brought together many leading statisticians at the forefront of innovations in poverty measurement. They shared their experiences with using multidimensional poverty measures for analysing poverty and as a governance tool for targeting, monitoring, and coordinating poverty reduction programmes.

Overall, the participants highlighted the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as a tool that can rigorously measure poverty in all its dimensions and fulfil SDG indicator 1.2.2.

New Alkire-Foster WP on inequality among multidimensionally poor

OPHI has just published a new Working Paper by Sabina Alkire and James Foster. In the paper, entitled Dimensional and Distributional Contributions to Multidimensional Poverty (pdf), the authors examine how inequality among people identified as multidimensionally poor relates to overall levels of multidimensional poverty. Alkire & Foster propose an axiom, applicable to multidimensional poverty measures, that specifies conditions under which poverty must fall as inequality among the poor decreases, though that's not the full story...

Peru takes up multidimensional poverty measurement

The Peruvian National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) will design and compute and official multidimensional poverty measure in Peru, in collaboration with OPHI. This announcement (pdf, Spanish) was made in the wake of a joint workshop in March, in which participants undertook an in-depth review of multidimensional poverty measurement and the Alkire-Foster method. ‘Implementing the Alkire-Foster method to measure multidimensional poverty will permit policy makers to target resources in a more efficient way,' said the Head of INEI, Dr. Aníbal Sánchez Aguilar.


OPHI Working Paper: Comparing Monetary and Multidimensional Poverty in Germany - Nicolai Suppa.

OPHI Working Paper: From Multidimensional Poverty Measurement to Multisector Public Policy for Poverty Reduction: Lessons from the Colombian Case - Roberto Angulo.

OPHI Working Paper: On the Relationship between Income Poverty and Multidimensional Poverty in China - Xiaolin Wang, Hexia Feng, Qingjie Xia and Sabina Alkire.

OPHI Working Paper: Multidimensional Poverty in Europe 2006-2012: Illustrating a Methodology - Mauricio Apablaza and Sabina Alkire.

OPHI Research in Progress: Measuring Multidimensional Poverty: Dashboards, Union Identification, and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) - Sabina Alkire and Gisela Robles. 

OPHI Research in Progress: Towards Frequent and Accurate Poverty Data - Sabina Alkire.

OPHI research on the missing dimensions of poverty now available in Spanish - Las dimensiones faltantes en la medicion de la pobreza; published by OPHI and CAF - Development Bank of Larin America.


OPHI is looking for a new Research Communications Officer. Read more and apply via the University of Oxford job site. The application deadline is 26 May 2016.

The new Global MPI figures will be released in Washington, DC on 6 June. This year's spotlight is on Africa. More information will be made available on the OPHI website soon.

The Annual Meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will be held in Mexico from 7-9 November. More information will be made available on the MPPN website soon.

The 2016 OPHI Summer School will be held in Beijing, China from 1-13 August.

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