OPHI Director Gives World Bank Seminar on Multidimensional Poverty Measures and Gender

06 December, 2012

Dr Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Povety and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), has given a seminar to the World Bank's Gender and Development Group on 'The Relevance of Multidimensional Poverty Measures to Thinking about Gender'.

The seminar, which was held at the World Bank in Washington D.C. on 3 December, looked at how the Alkire Foster method of multidimensional poverty measurement can be applied at the individual, rather than household level, to explore patterns of individual poverty by gender, age and household type. Multidimensional measures can also be used to construct new comparisons across individuals or groups; for example, of intra-household gender parity. Alkire gave examples from work in progress and from the pilot datasets for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, which OPHI developed in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The discussant at the seminar, which was part of the World Bank’s Gender and Development Seminar Series, was Markus Goldstein, Gender Practice Leader of the Africa Region at the World Bank. The chair was Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank Group.

A video recording of the seminar will be posted on the Gender Events website shortly.