New poverty measurement initiated in Pakistan

18 Apr 2014

A new poverty index for Pakistan based on the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has been initiated with an agreement signed between the ministry of planning, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) on Thursday.

Dr Sabina Alkire, director of the OPHI, Oxford University, one of the developers of the MPI, which has been released by UNDP in the Human Development Reports 2010, 2011, and 2013, said the fundamental reason to develop the MPI was ethical and it gives an overview of many kinds of deprivation for the poor and provides an integrated approach. It had helped many countries reduce poverty related millennium development goals, she said.