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How are people poor? – Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs

WIDER Annual Lecture 21 by Sabina Alkire
The 2017 WIDER Annual Lecture was delivered on 24 October, as part of UN Day celebrations. More information is available below in the programme for the day.

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Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

Professor Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), gave the 2017 WIDER Annual Lecture during which she discussed implications of using the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and other poverty measures for achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 1 — to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The Global MPI goes beyond the traditional focus on income and growth in measuring poverty to capture multiple deprivations experienced by poor people around the world. It is unique in its ability to show not only who is poor but how they are poor, in terms of living standards, education, and health. The Global MPI is a headline indicator of acute multidimensional poverty that can be compared directly across countries. All of the indicators used for constructing the Global MPI have been mapped in relation to SDGs, which means that the MPI acts as a barometer of poverty-related SDG attainments. 

The MPI allows countries to identify gaps in policy and thus target the most vulnerable populations — whether they are divided along, ethnic, gender, or generational lines — for relevant interventions.

Programme for UN Day, including the WIDER Annual Lecture

12:30 – 13:00 Registration
13:00 – 15:00 Events organized by the UN Association of Finland (see here for more information)
Panel discussion: Kestävän kehityksen tavoitteet – miten saamme kaikki mukaan? (in Finnish)
Launch of the ‘Friends of the UN’ network and coffee
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee and registration
15:30 – 17:30 WIDER Annual Lecture 21: How are people poor? – Measuring global progress towards zero poverty and the SDGs
Welcome and introduction by Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
Annual Lecture by Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
17:30 – 18:30 Reception