Global MPI 2016 Launched
Multidimensional Poverty in Africa
MPI Launched in Pakistan
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Global MPI 2016 Launched

In June 2016 OPHI launched the 2016 estimations of the Global MPI, and released new findings on Multidimensional Poverty across Africa. Launch events in Abidjan (June 2) and Washington DC (6 June), brought together specialists working at the forefront of innovations in African poverty measurement to discuss the analysis in support of a new, more comprehensive approach to poverty reduction. Read more on the new 2016 Global MPI Briefings, Resources and the Press Release. Watch the video from the launch in Washington DC.

Multidimensional Poverty in Africa

According to the 2016 Special Briefing Multidimensional Poverty in Africa  (also available in French)  30 of 35 Sub-Saharan African countries analysed for poverty changes over time have significantly reduced multidimensional poverty. Rwanda has put in a stellar performance, showing the most comprehensive and equitable poverty reduction on the continent, but so have 19 sub-national regions in Africa, notably the department of Likouala in the Republic of Congo.  However, over half (54%) of people in the 45 African countries surveyed suffer from multidimensional poverty. In total over half a billion Africans (544 million people) are MPI poor.

MPI Launched in Pakistan

Pakistan’s first ever official report on multidimensional poverty was launched on 20 June 2016 by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. The report details Pakistan’s official MPI which was earlier published in the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015–2016. The report was compiled with technical support from UNDP Pakistan and OPHI. According to the report, nearly 39 percent of Pakistanis live in multidimensional poverty, with the highest rates of poverty in FATA and Balochistan. Pakistan’s MPI showed a strong decline, with national poverty rates falling 55% to 39% from 2004 to 2015. However progress across different regions of Pakistan is uneven.

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2016. Sabina Alkire & Gisela Robles 2016.

Multidimensional Poverty in Africa English and French. Sabina Alkire, Christoph Jindra, Gisela Robles Aguilar & Ana Vaz 2016.

Multidimensional Poverty Index - Summer 2016: Brief Methodological Note and Results
Sabina Alkire, Christoph Jindra, Gisela Robles Aguilar & Ana Vaz 2016.

Multidimensional Poverty in Europe 2006-2012: Illustrating a Methodology. WP No 74. Sabina Alkire & Mauricio Aplazaba 2016.


Duncan Green's post on the Global MPI Launch was June's blog of the month in the World Bank's People, Spaces, Deliberation website.

The MPPN member countries that have stated that they that are going to report the percentage of people who are multidimensionally poor according to their national MPI in the SDGs include Bhutan, Ecuador Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Seychelles, Vietnam and Colombia. All but two of those countries are also planning to seek to halve the proportion of poor people according to the national MPI.  In addition, three countries (Ecuador, Honduras and Seychelles) will also be reporting the Global MPI in the SDGs.

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

Rachel Pearson joined the OPHI team as the new Project Coordinator in April 2016.

New Research Officer: Bilal Malaeb joined OPHI in June 2016.

Marlen Llanes joined the administrative team as a Finance Assistant in April 2o16.

View older versions of the OPHI e-update here.
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