Multidimensional Poverty Indices Launched in Costa Rica, El Salvador

10 November, 2015

Costa Rica and El Salvador have both recently launched new national Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPI).

The MPIs were developed in conjunction with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID.

At the launch in Costa Rica, President Luis Guillermo Solís stressed that the MPI will be used to reduce extreme poverty by allowing the government to target government resources to those that need it.

In El Salvador Christian Salazar, UNDP representative in the country, explained the need for a poverty measure that goes beyond income and that is not subject to price and exchange rate volatility.

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Photo: the President and Vice President of Costa Rica at the launch event (credit - Costa Rica President’s Office)