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Multidimensional poverty measurement in the post-2015 development context - live webcast of side-event at the UN General Assembly

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network will hold a special side-event a live and on-demand webcast to coincide with the High Level Meetings of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. The event will address the future of multidimensional poverty measurement in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.  


Panelists working at the forefront of poverty measurement will make the case for a new multidimensional poverty index (MPI) 2015+ (also described as an MPI 2.0) to support the post-2015 development goals. The MPI2015+ would often be complemented by national MPIs, as in Mexico and Colombia, whose indicators reflect national priorities and contexts. The Network will echo calls for a ‘data revolution’ to undergird multidimensional poverty measures with better and more frequent data.

Confirmed speakers at the event on 24 September include:
Colombia: Bruce Mac Master, Director, Department of Social Prosperity
Germany: Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary of State
Mexico: Gonzalo Hernandez, Director of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL)
Philippines: Arsenio Balisacan, Minister of Socioeconomic Planning
Morocco: Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, High Commissioner of Planning
Nigeria: Shamsuddeen Usman, Minister of Planning
Chile: Bruno Baranda, Minister of Social Development
Jaime Saavedra, Acting Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank
Erik Solheim, Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee
Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI, University of Oxford
Live and on-demand webcast coverage will be available on UN Web TV:

Data shows that people who are multidimensionally poor are not necessarily income poor. Nor do the same policies reduce both poverties. By adopting a multidimensional poverty measure to support the post-2015 development goals, we can incorporate participatory insights of those living in poverty and ensure we eradicate both multidimensional and income poverty.

“We are now discussing new ways for the post-Millennium era. I think this approach could be extremely useful to help the whole world to measure itself socially in a much better way.”
Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia

“I find the work on multidimensional poverty to be highly relevant and extremely useful for our efforts to substantially reduce poverty in the Philippines.”
Arsenio M. Balisacan, Minister of Socioeconomic Planning for the Philippines

This event is organised by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, CONEVAL of Mexico, the Department for Social Prosperity of Colombia, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford (OPHI) and the new Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, a global network of policymakers dedicated to advancing the multidimensional measurement of poverty and improving poverty reduction efforts.

For general information and feedback, please contact:

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development
Queen Elizabeth House (QEH)
University of Oxford
Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK
tel. +44 1865 271915


Tags: The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, post-2015 development agenda, multidimensional poverty index, webcast, UN General Assembly
Published Sep. 19, 2013 11:42 AM