New OPHI Briefing Measures Poverty in Least Developed Countries

17 April, 2012

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) has issued a new briefing presenting the results of OPHI's Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs).

The briefing, by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and Gisela Robles Aguilar, reveals that while the MPI is higher in LDCs and all of the poorest MPI countries are LDCs, only 29% of MPI poor people live in this group of countries

The MPI is an international measure of poverty for 109 developing countries which complements income-based poverty measures by reflecting the multiple deprivations people face at the same time. Developed by OPHI and first introduced in 2010, it identifies deprivations across health, education and living standards.