State Govt in Brazil Draws on OPHI Research for Poverty Index

02 October, 2012

The State Government of Minas Gerais in Brazil has implemented a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in 130 of its municipalities using the Alkire Foster methodology developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.

Representatives of the State Government and the João Pinheiro Foundation, which provides it with technical support, met Sabina Alkire and OPHI staff in Oxford in September, and agreed to a one-year programme of technical training to strengthen the measurement tools of its Travessia social support programme and to help develop a state-wide MPI.

The OPHI 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. First introduced in 2010, it identifies deprivations across health, education and living standards.

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