The MPI is used as a tool for governance. National MPIs are specifically designed to reflect and monitor policy priorities. The MPI is used as a tool of policy coordination across sectors, programmes, and levels of government. The MPI is used to align government instruments (budget allocation, targeting, programme and policy design, and so on) with the aim to reduce poverty in all its dimensions.

For example in Colombia’s Roundtable, the MPI level and deprivations of the poor in its component indicators are considered at the national level at a meeting by a round table of ministers from relevant sectors, who deliberately coordinate policies several times a year in order to reduce the deprivations included in the MPI. This is a good example of multi-sectoral, integrated policy development. Others are also provided below.