Pakistan’s first poverty index initiates with help of UNDP, Oxford University


Pakistan’s Planning Development and Reform Ministry has signed an agreement with UNDP and OPHI to promote multidimensional poverty measurements and policy applications. The programme will help in knowledge exchange between participants and joint advocacy. On the occasion, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) congratulated the federal and provincial governments for initiating the development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Pakistan. This marks the beginning of the process of regularly calculating a new poverty index in Pakistan based on the global MPI methodology. This index was inspired by the global MPI, developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and released by UNDP in the Human Development Reports 2010, 2011, and 2013. This index is a novel measure for policy analysis, resource allocation, dialogue, and monitoring.