What is the governance structure of the Network?

The activities of the Secretariat are guided by a Steering Committee made up of a cross-section of participants.  In key strategic decisions related to the network, the Secretariat is guided by the Steering Committee. The annual meeting of participants reviews the work of the Secretariat and sets the MPPN priorities for the coming year.

The current members are:

Laura Pabón

Director of the Social Development, National Planning Department, Colombia

Dr. Tan Weiping

Deputy Director General, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

Risenga Maluleke

Statistician-General, Government of South Africa

Shamsul Alam

Minister of Planning of Bangladesh

Sabina Alkire

Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)


MPPN Director: Gonzalo Hernández Licona

The network is funded by OPHI and its participants. It was co-founded by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), CONEVAL (Mexico’s National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy), and Colombia’s Department for Social Prosperity (DPS).

OPHI is an economic research and policy centre at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development. It hosts the network Secretariat, managing and coordinating the network, along with the network website.  You can contact the network Secretariat for further information.

Who can join the MPPN?

1. Governments or state-level applicants can join the Network at the Ministerial or Vice- Ministerial level (if a national government) or Governor level (if sub-national) if they are: Interested in learning about, actively participating and engaging in multidimensional poverty measurement discussions at the national, sub-national or international level.

2. Regional bodies and international agencies if they: Agree to promote, advocate and/or fund multidimensional poverty measurement and be active participants in the Network. Regional bodies may be particularly interested in one item of the MPPN’s agenda (as defined below) and do not necessarily need to be active in all three areas

3. Donor countries can be admitted into the MPPN if they: Are active participants in the Network and agree to promote, advocate and/or fund areas within the Network’s agenda (below).  Donors may be particularly interested in one item of this agenda and do not necessarily need to be active in all three areas.

Participant vetting

There are three criteria that the MPPN and Secretariat look for in new participants:

  • Quality Assurance: Statistical competence and capacity for computing multidimensional poverty measures among national or sub-national statistical staff.
  • Governance: Lack of corruption and transparency among the agency/agencies responsible for computing poverty data and a political commitment to poverty reduction.
  • Political Sustainability: Ability for any new multidimensional poverty measure to be sustained beyond the lifecycle of a single government.

Who decides if new participants can join the MPPN?

The Secretariat makes decisions related to the participation of Ministers/Vice Ministers or Governors from national or sub-national governments (in consultation with the Steering Committee – if deemed necessary). For regional and international bodies or donors, agreement is needed from the Secretariat and the Steering Committee. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


The network welcomes queries and questions about its work. It can be reached via the network Secretariat at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI):

Phone:  +44 (0)1865 271915
Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network Secretariat
Hosted by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development
Queen Elizabeth House (QEH)
University of Oxford
Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

You can also read testimonies by senior participants in the Network about the importance of its work.

A brochure is also available to download giving an overview of the Network