Costa Rica Launches an Innovative Tool: Business MPI

24 August, 2017

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, Costa Rica launched the Business Multidimensional Poverty Index developed by the Positive Horizon Association with the technical support of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).

The Business MPI (IPMe in Spanish) is an adaptation of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for the business sector, which measures the living conditions of employees and their families in a number of priority dimensions for the country: housing, education, health, work and social protection, in addition to including a financial situation section.

The bMPI consists of the application of an online survey, easy to use and fill out, which will provide detailed information to the employer, about the living conditions of their employees and staff at all levels in the company and their families.

Costa Rica is the first country in the world to use the MPI in the business sector.

The video of the event is available here:

Important information:




The Alkire Foster method is protected by copyright. The family of Alkire Foster measures is protected also by copyright, for example the Global MPI, the Child MPI and the Business MPI (bMPI).  The copyright is owned by the University of Oxford, and any use should be for not-for-profit only. 

If you are interested in using the Alkire Foster method or any of the family of Alkire Foster methods commercially, please contact the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford to negotiate a license. Oxford University has granted an exclusive license to Horizonte Positivo in Costa Rica for use of the bMPI.

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