Designing a multidimensional poverty index


A  multidimensional poverty index (MPI) complements traditional monetary poverty measurements by capturing information on severe deprivations in education, health, living standards, employment, safety and other dimensions of poverty. Using country and sub-national examples, this course offers detailed practical guidance for policymakers, technical experts and other stakeholders on how to design an MPI at national and local levels.

This course allows learners to understand the steps involved in developing a robust MPI; examine the normative choices and technical requirements of multidimensional poverty measurement; understand key aspects of stakeholder engagement in designing and using an MPI; and monitor, analyse and report progress in reducing multidimensional poverty at national and local levels, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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This course draws on the handbook, How to Build a National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI): Using the MPI to inform the SDGs.