What does the network do?

The MPPN provides international support to policy makers engaged in or exploring the construction of multidimensional poverty measures. Support includes input into the design of the measures, and into the political processes and institutional arrangements that will sustain them.

The Communiqué  issued at the high-level meeting of the network in Acapulco, Mexico in October 2015 details four areas of work for the Network.

  • The network and its participants endorse the use of a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in the SDGs. MPI provides a rigorous, clear measure that exposes links across SDG indicators, supports integrated and coordinated multi-sectoral policies, and offers disaggregated data to support interventions that leave no one behind.
  • The network and its participants encourage the development and adoption of national MPIs, regional MPIs and specific MPIs to complement official monetary poverty measures.
  • The network will continue as a leader in the global effort to develop policy-relevant tools of measurement, evaluation, policy design and analysis. In doing so, we will engage the academic and research communities in the vital task of fighting poverty effectively.
  • The network will endorse the use of MPIs and monetary poverty statistics rather than GDP per capita to guide aid for development.

The Network maintains an active website and publishes an on-line magazine, ‘Dimensions’, that shares lessons learned and case studies of governments and agencies developing and implementing multidimensional poverty measures and policies.