Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Well-being

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•06•19    09:00 - 17:00

    Poverty is a multidimensional concept, and how to measure it properly is still up for debate. 

    On 19 June, the Poverty, Public Policy and Inclusive Innovation (PPPII) Research Group at UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance will host a one-day workshop on “Analytical Challenges for Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Well-being”. This workshop will tackle various analytical challenges and their implications in methodological terms, with a host of experts sharing insights drawn from their own research.

    Since 2010, the UNDP has published a Multidimensional Poverty Indicator based on the counting method developed by Alkire and Foster (2007). Use of this particular method as well as other counting methods is nowadays widespread. Many academics and policymakers around the world had applied a counting method to measure multidimensional poverty and well-being. Moreover, governments had increasingly asked for technical assistance on the developing of particular measures of poverty and well-being.

    Counting methods are on among the most widely used measures of multidimensional poverty because they are simple and easy to apply. Nonetheless, there are several methodological issues that need to be properly and clearly addressed. The objective of the workshop is to tackle those analytical challenges and their implications in methodological terms.

    The workshop will be organized along a series of oral presentations by invited speakers and a roundtable discussion at the end of each presentation. Roundtable discussion is open to any intervention from the participants.

    The workshop is free, but registration is required. The registration deadline is 15 June 2014, but only a limited number of spaces are available, and registration will close when the workshop is full. 

    For more information, including the programme and speaker profiles, see the Workshop Announcemeent on the UNU-MERIT website.