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2021 Seminar Series on Multidimensional Poverty

A joint initiative with OPHI and George Washington University






The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) at George Washington University and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), with the support of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report office (UNDP HDRO), are pleased to host a special seminar series on the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (global MPI). 

Goal 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to end poverty in all its forms and dimensions. The global MPI 2020 offers a tool to make progress towards this goal.

Produced in partnership with the UNDP HDRO, the global MPI 2020 compares acute multidimensional poverty for 107 countries in developing regions and provides a detailed image of who is poor and how they are poor. It offers both a global headline and a fine-grained analysis covering 1,279 subnational regions, and important disaggregation such as children, and people living in urban or rural areas, together with the indicator deprivations of each group.

Bringing together the academic and policy spheres, this series of seminars will highlight topics such as sensitivity analyses, overlapping deprivations, changes over time (poverty trends), and inequality using the global data. The sessions will also include work that applies the global MPI methodology, the Alkire Foster method, to innovative measures. 

The seminars are taking place online on Mondays at 3pm GMT / 10am EST until the 8th March 2021. They will be hosted by IIEP Co-Director Professor James Foster and are open to everyone focused on improving the lived experience of those who are deprived.

For the next seminar, on Monday 25th January, Dr Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI, will present on poverty trends, also known as Changes over Time, in the global MPI. 

Register now.

For details about each seminar and registration, visit: