Saturday, 10 July 2010

Introducing a new approach to global poverty


The Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the UNDP Human Development Report Office would like to invite you to participate in a special policy forum at the Commonwealth Club in London on Wednesday 14 July 10.00 – 11.30am. Speakers include Jeni Klugman, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office, Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI at the Oxford Department of International Development, James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University and OPHI Research Associate, and Michael Anderson, Director General for Policy and Global Issues at the Department for International Development.

Our aim is to focus discussion on the impact on global poverty strategy of a new measure, the Multidimensional Poverty Index or MPI, which will be prominently featured in the forthcoming 2010 UNDP Human Development Report, 20 Years On: Pushing the Frontiers of Human Development. In this report the MPI supplants the Human Poverty Index or HPI used in recent Human Development Reports as a tool for measuring the nature and impact of poverty at the household level. The report, which marks the 20th anniversary of the UNDP’s flagship publication, will be released in October but research findings from the introduction of the new internationally comparable measure will be made available at the July policy forum.

The UNDP Human Development Report Office is joining forces with OPHI, who developed the MPI, to promote a debate internationally on how the new instrument can help better analyse the drivers of acute poverty across the world and target development resources more effectively. We hope that you will want to join the specially invited audience of senior development policy-makers, media commentators, academics and aid practitioners at the policy forum.

Please RSVP to Sarah Valenti at or on +44 (0)1865 271528. We hope you will join us for this event and look forward to welcoming you on 14 July.

Warm regards,


Sabina Alkire
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development,
Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

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