Nigerian Newspaper This Day Live Publishes Article on OPHI's Global MPI 2014

02 December, 2014

The Nigerian newspaper This Day Live has published an article on the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2014, develped by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID.

The Global MPI briefing for Nigeria was referenced by former minister of the National Planning Commission Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, who delivered a keynote address in Abuja at the 25th anniversary lecture of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation. Usman noted that policy-makers need to empathise and have a feel of what poverty really is in order to design effective alleviation programmes.

The Global MPI, calculated by OPHI in June 2014, revealed that 43.3 per cent of the Nigerian population are multidimensionally poor, including 25.3 per cent who live in severe poverty. A further 19.3 per cent of the population are vulnerable to poverty. The findings also showed that 57.5 per cent of the multidimensionally poor in Nigeria live in rural areas.