Sabina Alkire delivers WIDER Annual Lecture

31 October, 2017

Dr Sabina Alkire gave the 21st WIDER Annual Lecture, 'How are people poor? – Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs', on 24 October.

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research's (UNU-WIDER) flagship lecture presents the analysis of an eminent scholar or policy-maker who has made a significant contribution in the field of development economics. Previous lecturers have included Amartya Sen, Angus Deaton, Kaushik Basu, Frances Stewart, Tony Atkinson, and Joseph Stiglitz.

Dr Alkire's lecture covered the ways in which countries are using the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (Global MPI) and other poverty measures to track achievements in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, SDG 1, which aims to 'end poverty in all its forms everywhere'.

Dr Alkire is director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID, which has worked to develop systematic approaches to measuring ‘multidimensional’ deprivation and well-being and using these to develop more granular monitoring of poverty than is present in traditional income- or consumption-based measures.

Watch the lecture.