OPHI e-update January 2017

Atkinson report on measuring global poverty
4th annual MPPN meeting in Acapulco
Professor Amartya Sen encourages debate
Winter MPI update
More news 

Atkinson report on measuring global poverty

Sir Tony Atkinson led the fields of inequality, income distribution, and poverty for many decades, and in his passing in January 2017, we lost a giant heart and mind. As his last public work, he chaired the Commission on Global Poverty convened by the World Bank and authored the final report, Monitoring Global PovertySir Tony presented at the Oxford launch of the Atkinson report which OPHI had the privilege to host at the Oxford Martin School.


4th annual MPPN meeting in Acapulco

Participants from 30 countries and international agencies met in the 4th Annual Meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) on 8 -9 November 2016 in Acapulco, Mexico. The conference endorsed the use of the MPI in the SDGs to track Target 1.2 and agreed to support the development of national MPIs.The event saw the launch of a new magazine, Dimensions, full of policy applications of MPI and country studies. OPHI remains the Secretariat of the MPPN.

Professor Amartya Sen encourages debate 

Professor Amartya Sen delivered a Distinguished Public Lecture entitled “Democracy and Social Decisions” at Oxford University on 18 January, organised by OPHI. The Nobel Laureate addressed the need for quality public discussion of issues ranging from welfare economics to political problems. At a morning Moral Philosophy seminar co-hosted by OPHI Sen presented significant new chapters of the just-released volume "Collective Choice and Social Welfare". 

Winter Global MPI

The 2016 winter MPI update covered Algeria, Chad, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Lesotho, Mongolia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, and Thailand using more recent datasets. The winter update covers 103 countries, home to 5.86 billion people, of whom 1.55 billion are poor, making the global poverty rate 29.4%.


Oldiges, C. (2017). “Measuring malnutrition and dietary diversity: Theory and evidence from India.” OPHI Working Paper 108, University of Oxford.

Suppa, N. (2017). “Transitions in poverty and deprivations: An analysis of multidimensional poverty dynamics.” OPHI Working Paper 109, University of Oxford.
Kunze, L. and Suppa, N. (2017). "Bowling alone or bowling at all? The effect of unemployment on social participation." Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, 133: 213-235.


OPHI will deliver a 2-week training on multidimensional poverty in Rwanda: OPHI's Christian Oldiges and Monica Pinilla will present the main conceptual frameworks of multidimensional poverty, with special emphasis on the Alkire Foster method, and guide participants on how to compute a MPI from household surveys data.


The OPHI Summer School 2017 will be held in Morocco from 3– 15 July. This year’s summer school is co-organised in partnership with the Morocco High Commission for Planning (HCP). 
Henry Gibbon has joined OPHI as Research Communications Officer and Sophie Song as Research Assistant.

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