HDRO and OPHI unify global multidimensional poverty measures to better monitor progress on SDGs

01 March, 2018

Early in 2018, the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report Office (HDRO) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) agreed to adjust and unify their methodologies on poverty measurement and consider indicator improvements, in order to better monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The two institutions will calculate a joint Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (Global MPI), an internationally comparable measure of acute poverty that captures the multiple deprivations poor people experience with respect to health, education and living standards.

The first global MPI was originally developed jointly by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and OPHI for the 20th Anniversary of the Human Development Report in 2010. On such occasion, OPHI calculated the Global MPI covering 104 countries.

Read more at this blog, by Sabina Alkire, OPHI Director, and Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office, at UNDP.