OPHI e-update March 2017

Measuring the interconnected dimensions of poverty to energise policy
Impact of MPI on social policy in Colombia
Dimensions – New policy outlet for country voices
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Measuring the interconnected dimensions of poverty to energise policy

At the United Nations Statistical Commission in New York on 7 March, OPHI and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) hosted a side event which brought together leading statisticians from Colombia, Ecuador, the Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, Peru, Tunisia, Egypt, and UNICEF to discuss using multidimensional poverty measures for analysing poverty and as a governance tool for targeting, monitoring, and coordination of poverty reduction programmes. The Commission is the key UN statistical entity, with participation from national and international statistical leaders from across the world.
The side event was chaired by Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for South Africa with contributions among others from Mauricio Perfetti, Director, Administrative Department of National Statistics, Colombia who argued for technical revisions to the measuring of poverty so as track progress especially to SDG goals.
Xavier Mancero, Senior Statistician, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean summed up the meeting: “Now that we have the multidimensional poverty index, how do we measure it better? How do we measure the dimensions that are lacking or come closer to what we want to know about the poor population?”  more


Impact of MPI on social policy in Colombia

More than 45 participants from 12 countries in Latin America took part in a seminar and 5-day training session in March organised by OPHI with Los Andes University, the Department of Social Prosperity (DPS) and the Organization of American States (OAS).
At the opening seminar, Nemesio Roys, Director of Department of Social Prosperity (DPS), Mauricio Perfetti, Director of the National Statistics Department (DANE), Luis Fernando Mejía, subdirector of the National Planning Department (DNP) and Roberto Angulo, independent consultant and research associate from OPHI joined Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI to discuss the importance of having national multidimensional poverty measures; how the information provided by the MPI is used to redistribute resources and prioritise social policies at the local level; and how the MPI has been calculated in Colombia with the objective to target multidimensional poor households so that they can get access to strategies to reduce poverty in Colombia.  more

Dimensions – New policy outlet for country voices 

Every other month our new magazine Dimensions documents how multidimensional poverty indices are being used as tools for policy and shares unfolding good practices. The current issue shares an interview with Heidi Berner from the Social Development Ministry of Chile about what insights from the MPI have drawn policy attention. Another article shows how President Santos’ ministerial round table for MPI reduction catalyses policy coordination in Colombia. The history of multidimensional measures in Latin America are reviewed, and another article provides a snapshot of the dimensions and indicators of the MPIs across Latin America, providing an insight into the emerging conventions. Quotes and voices from the annual MPPN meeting in Acapulco remind us of those exchanges afresh. The forthcoming issue looks at activity in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.  more



 Alkire, S., Roche, J. M., and Vaz, A. (2017). “Changes over time in multidimensional poverty: Methodology and results for 34 countries.” World Development, 94: 232-249

 Alkire, S. and Shen, Y. (2017). “Exploring Multidimensional Poverty in China: 2010 to 2014.”OPHI Research in Progress 47a, University of Oxford

Seth, S. and Villar, A. (2017). ‘Human development, inequality, and poverty: Empirical findings’. OPHI Working Paper 111, University of Oxford

Seth, S. and Villar, A. (2017). ‘Measuring human development and human deprivations’. OPHI Working Paper 110, University of Oxford


OPHI’s intensive Summer School providing a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method is to be held this year at Sup de Co Marrakech, Morocco between 3-15 July.


Accounting assistant Marlen Llanes has moved out of OPHI in March. Ingrid Locatelli starts in April with OPHI as Finance and Contracts Administrator.

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