OPHI Wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

06 June, 2014

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID has been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Celebrating Impact Prize, winning first prize in the Outstanding International Impact category.

The prize was awarded on 5 June at a ceremony at The Royal Society in London.

The ESRC said OPHI won the prize for their work on the Multidimensional Poverty Index, an innovative methodology for measuring poverty that captures aspects such as poor health and lack of education to provide an at-a-glance poverty ‘rating’ which shows not only who is poor, but also how they are poor.

The new method is helping a growing number of governments to design, implement and monitor their efforts to reduce poverty more effectively. The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), co-founded by OPHI, counts officials from over 25 governments and international organisations as its participants

The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize, now in its second year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic and societal impacts. The prize celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.