The 2023 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) was recently released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), featuring the latest estimates and analyses for 110 countries.
The 2023 report reveals that 25 countries successfully halved their global MPI values within 15 years, showing that rapid progress is attainable.
Despite these encouraging trends, however, 1.1 billion out of 6.1 billion people covered by the global MPI live in acute multidimensional poverty.
In a recent interview with the Z, Research & Strategic Partnership Advisor in UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, Heriberto Tapia spoke about what the Multidimensional Poverty Index is.
He also sheds light on how we can interpret the data the index shows us.
Heriberto Tapia explained how policymakers can use the index as a tool to inform local decision-making.
He further gives examples of the varying natures of poverty that can therefore be used to indicate what solutions are needed to alleviate poverty in those areas.
Mr. Tapia also highlighted that there are some deprivations that occur in groups and should be considered in groups when policymakers are cultivating solutions.
Research & Strategic Partnership Advisor in UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, Heriberto Tapia.
View the Multidimensional Poverty Index here: https://hdr.undp.org/content/2023-global-multidimensional-poverty-index-mpi#/indicies/MPI