New poverty index stirs wide interest

The IDRC-supported Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative launched a new tool last month that provides new ways of understanding poverty around the world.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and the results of its first analysis have been featured in major publications, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, and Le Devoir.

The MPI tries to give a more accurate picture of acute poverty than traditional “dollar-a-day” measures by considering indicators of health, education, and standard of living, in addition to income. The index will be featured in the 20th anniversary edition of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report, to be released in November.

Measures of multidimensional poverty have been used by national governments, including Mexico and Bhutan, and are being considered by Chile and Colombia.

Recent media coverage of MPI:

The New York Times
Changing poverty’s parameters

The Economist
A wealth of data: A useful new way to capture the many aspects of poverty

The Guardian
More of world's poor live in India than in all sub-Saharan Africa, says study

Huffington Post
The 10 Poorest Countries In The World: Oxford University-U.N.

Radio Canada (La Tribune)
L'Asie, le plus pauvre des continents

Le Devoir
La planète compte 1,7 milliard de pauvres

The Lancet
Poverty index: who is the poorest of them all?

TIME Magazine
The world : New poverty index unveiled

The Economist Audio & Video
Sabine Alkire on poverty indexes

Published: 31 Aug 2010

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