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  1. Global MPI 2021 Country Briefing
  2. National Multidimensional Poverty Index
  3. Joined MPPN: July 2020


National Multidimensional Poverty Index

Maldives Multidimensional Poverty Index 2020 was launched on June 4, 2020 by Maldives government in a joint effort of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of Maldives, UNICEF Maldives and Oxford Human Development Initiative (OPHI), with support and input from relevant stakeholders.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) captures acute deprivations that people suffer from. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures in the country and identifies a range of disadvantages the poor experience. The MPI creates a comprehensive picture of various form of multidimensional poverty for the country as a whole, for Male’ and the Atolls as well as for various socio-economic subgroups.

The Maldives MPI is based on three dimensions and 8 indicators. A person is considered multidimensionally poor if he/she is deprived in at least 34 percent of the weighted indicators (which is equivalent to being deprived in more than one dimension). All the required data to compute the MPI stems from one data source which in the case of the Maldives is the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) 2016/17.

In 2016, 28 percent of the population was multidimensionally poor. On average, the poor experienced more than half (51 percent) of all the deprivations.


Report: National Multidimensional Poverty in Maldives 2020.


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