Foto: David Álvarez Veloso

National MPI: 20.9%
Launch date of national MPI: January 2015
Institution responsible for national MPI: Ministry of Social Development
Dimensions of national MPI: education, health, labor and social security, housing and local environment, and networks and social cohesion

Joined MPPN: 2013

In January 2015, the government of Chile announced its new national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), along with its new income poverty measure. The objective behind complementing income measurement with a multidimensional methodology is to be able to have a more complete national socio-economic characterization of households and their members that helps improve and target social policy.  A year and a half later, this index was modified to add local environment to the Housing dimension and a fifth innovative dimension: networks and social cohesion.

Social Development Report. New methodology of poverty measurement in Chile (2015).

Voluntary National Review (2017): In Chile, the national MPI identifies 20.9% of the population as poor. Chile’s MPI is disaggregated by subnational regions, rural-urban, gender, age cohort, indigenous status. And policy reflects not just the level but also the composition of poverty in terms of education, health, work, housing and environment, and social networks. In Chile’s consultations preparing for the VNR, they found that one of the most relevant challenges was Poverty in all its dimensions – monetary, and multidimensional. Full Report Here


How Was the Chilean Multidimensional Poverty Index Created?

The Multidimensional Poverty Index in Chile (MPI-CL) was the product of a broad dialogue that brought people from different professional and political backgrounds together. What bodies were established to develop the MPI-CL? The following article provides some of the highlights of this process.

Editorial | Dimensiones 3

In this edition, we are pleased to present a variety of articles from different regions of the world – Latin America, Africa and India – that illustrate the richness offered by multidimensional poverty indices (MPIs) for analysing poverty, either alone or as a complement to income measurement.

“Nowadays we do not create public policies for housing that do not take the local environment into account”

Chile launched an official Multidimensional Poverty Index in 2015. A year and a half later, this index was modified to add local environment to the Housing dimension and a fifth innovative dimension: networks and social cohesion. Dimensions Magazine spoke with Heidi Berner, Undersecretary of Social Evaluation of the Chilean Ministry of Social Development, about these additions and the way the State is using the MPI in the design and implementation of public policies.

Brief history of the measurement of multidimensional poverty in Latin America

María Emma Santos describes the region’s experience in measuring multidimensional poverty, which dates back forty years. Currently, seven of the eleven countries (or cities) with a national and official Multidimensional Poverty Index are in Latin America. This article is based on the second part of the OPHI working paper “Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in Latin America:” Previous Experience and the Way Forward

Multidimensional Poverty Index in Chile

Heidi Berner, Deputy Secretary of Social Evaluation, Ministry of Social Development, Chile.