Source: Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
Ministers and senior officials proposed the creation of a new global multidimensional poverty measure – the MPI2015+. This measure can monitor poverty in multiple forms and enhance the effectiveness of measures to eradicate it, thus improving the effectiveness of the Sustainable Development Goals and helping to achieve Goal 1 of the Open Working Group final proposal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”.
They also powerfully showcased innovations in poverty measurement at the national level, which are used for policy design and coordination, and for monitoring poverty and targeting the impoverished.
They stressed that this proposal is achievable because of efforts to improve household survey modules.
At a high-profile side-event attended by approximately 300 people at the 69th UN General Assembly, senior leaders from eight governments and institutions called on the UN to adopt a new multidimensional poverty measure to support the eradication of poverty in all its forms in the post-2015 development agenda.
Together officials from nations as diverse as Mexico, China, South Africa, Colombia, Ecuador and the Seychelles proposed that the next round of global development targets – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – should incorporate a new Multidimensional Poverty Index (the MPI 2015+).