The Network has a number of high-profile participants who have endorsed its work, and highlighted the value of multidimensional approaches to measuring and reducing poverty.

What is the importance of the network and the MPPN annual meetings? Participants of the network give their opinion in the following videos.


In June 2013, at the launch of the Network at Oxford University, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, said that:

“I am a firm believer that it is in our duty to lead ambitious social changes within our countries. Fortunately, the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will be the platform to help this happen. The sole idea of applying this tool [the AF method] in more countries is inspiring”

During the high-level meeting of the Network in Berlin in July 2014 Hon Dr Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, committed to be a global champion of the Network and remarked in his Keynote Address that:

“Events such as these are critical for nurturing support for this globally important initiative. They help us at the top to get new perspectives of what is going on in much greater clarity, and I wish the MPPN well as it continues to “lens in” on the status of poverty around the world”

At the same event, Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Government of Germany said:

“I regard the MPPN as something really special. Within a short period, close and strong cooperation has developed between countries. And the network is growing. It is doing pioneering work and is a good example of what global partnership should be”

Value of Multidimensional Poverty Measures

Of the importance of multidimensional poverty measurement to policymakers, the Hon Dr Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, has said:

“Between 1997 and 2006, the Government which I led at the time made major investments in alleviating poverty…. The beauty of multidimensional poverty indices is that they can begin to tell us whether these investments worked, and where there could have been a better even more targeted approach”

The President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, whose government was one of the first to pioneer the use of a multidimensional poverty measure, has observed that:

“Radical social advances are only possible if we understand, with careful observation and analysis, the deep roots of our poverty, and the many shades of inequality within our society. Hence, the urgency of implementing a multidimensional approach in our battle against poverty”

Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Government of Germany, has said:

“A quantity-based measure such as the poverty line of $1.25/day cannot be the only benchmark for poverty. Quality of life and wellbeing are the result of sufficient food, reliable health services and good education, and some of these aspects are mutually interdependent.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) gives attention to these aspects so it is a useful instrument for targeted poverty reduction. It helps us identify the groups facing the highest risk and it enables policymakers to reduce poverty effectively”

Importance in SDG context

Finally, when it comes to the importance of taking a multidimensional approach to measuring and reducing poverty in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Government of Germany has said:

“In the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, Germany has been advocating for a goal on the eradication of absolutely and on the reduction of relative poverty. One indicator to be used for that goal is the MPI. So the MPI is already part of the post-2015 agenda”