Videos and Slides

Videos on Costa Rica MPI (in Spanish)


Ana Helena Chacón: Multidimensional Poverty in Costa Rica

In this series of short videos Vice-President of Costa Rica (2014-2018) Ana Helena Chacón discusses the process of implementing the Multidimensional Poverty Index

Amartya Sen & OPHI

Discovery of Women: Professor Amartya Sen – 6th June 2013 Sheldonian Theatre – Oxford Chaired by the Chancellor of the University, the Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes

The Pursuit of Justice: Lecture by Amartya Sen, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 19 November 2009

Professor Amartya Sen comments on OPHI’s impact on its 10th anniversary.

Professor Amartya Sen presents “Collective Choice and Social Welfare” at Magdalen College, Oxford 18 January 2017.

Seminars and Events at Oxford

Using the MPI as a Planning Tool Across Africa – Pali Lehohla, former Statistician General of South Africa, speaks at the OPHI Lunchtime Seminar.

Jean Drèze, development economist, activist, and professor at Ranchi University (India) has come out with a new book entitled “Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone.” Drèze joined via Skype to discuss his book on 24 November 2017 at the Oxford Department of International Development. Following his talk, several students and professors at Oxford offered some reflections and comments. The event was moderated by Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI.

Vice President of Dominican Republic Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez

Vice President Fernandez shares her insights on the implementation of the Multidimensional Poverty Index in the Dominican Republic (2018).

Vice President of the Dominican Republic shares her insights on working with the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network.

Vice-President of Dominican Republic celebrates OPHI’s impact.

Vice-President of Dominican Republic shares her thoughts on the official launch of the Multidimensional Poverty index in her country.

Country case studies

Costa Rica:

Emilio Arias Rodriguez. Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion explains the Multidimensional Poverty Index developed in Costa Rica and its applications.

Business MPI Costa Rica:

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Nemesio Roys, director of the Department of Social Prosperity describes the Multidimensional Poverty Index and its uses in Colombia.

Global MPI 2018 Launch

On 20 September at UN Headquarters in New York, the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (global MPI) results were launched. The event was hosted by UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. He was joined by Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton, OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, Acting Vice President at the World Bank Akihiko Nishio, Assistant Secretary-General at UN DESA Elliott Harris, Executive Director of CESR Ignacio Saiz, HDRO Director Selim Jahan, and OPHI Research Officer Usha Kanagaratnam.


Videos on National Multidimensional Poverty Indices 2016

During the high-level meeting of the MPPN in Acapulco, Mexico (2016), senior representatives from several governments presented on their steps toward developing multidimensional poverty measures. View videos from Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, South Africa, Chile, Panama, Paraguay, Seychelles, China; also from Unicef, OEA, and UNESCWA.


Presentations from the MPPN Meeting 2016

Participants from more than 30 countries and international agencies gathered at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) on the 8 and 9 of November, 2016, in Acapulco, Mexico. This conference was an opportunity for sharing experiences on multidimensional poverty measurement among a growing network of countries and experts from around the world.


Video of El Salvador national MPI

On October 20, 2015, El Salvador officially launched its MPI. In San Salvador, Christian Salazar, UNDP representative in the country, explained the need for a poverty measure that goes beyond income and that is not subject to price and exchange rate volatility. He was joined by Lilian Vega a technical advisor for the multidimensional poverty measurement team who presented the national MPI which has 20 indicators grouped in 5 dimensions. Roberto Lorenzana, the Technical Secretary of the Presidency, closed the event by summing up the relevance of the MPI as a tool for policy.


High-level meeting of the MPPN in Cartagena, Colombia, June 2015

The third annual meeting of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was hosted by the Government of Colombia from 2-3 June 2015 in Cartagena. More than 100 policymakers and senior officials came together for the two-day meeting to discuss developing and applying multidimensional poverty measures.


Video for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

OPHI is very grateful to have been awarded the Economic and Social Research Council Celebrating Impact Prize. This prize is awarded to ESRC-funded researchers who are achieving outstanding economic and societal impacts through their work. OPHI was awarded the Outstanding International Impact award in 2014 for its continued work towards measuring poverty multidimensionally, in the hopes of designing more effective poverty-reduction programs. For more on ESRC, click here.


High-level meeting of the MPPN in Berlin, July 2014

During the high-level meeting of the MPPN in Berlin, senior representatives from 16 governments presented on their steps toward developing multidimensional poverty measures. View videos and slides from the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, and the governments of Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, South Africa and Vietnam.


MPPN launch events, June 2013

The MPPN was formally launched in Oxford by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, with high-level representatives from Mexico and around 20 other governments, on 6-7 June 2013. View videos and slides from the launch.