The Recently Released 2018 Multidimensional Poverty Index

The 2018 Multidimensional Poverty Index has recently been released by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI). The summary is available from In brief, multidimensional ways of measuring poverty allows for a more finely grained analysis that investigating mere monetary resources as proxies of important states of being and doing may miss out on. Of course, any given analysis of what matters to and for people requires some form of substantive grounding. Here, the Senian capability approach serves as one step in this direction.

Whatever the space of well-being ultimately consists in, these measurements are relevant for investigating that space, as well as public policy forming and proposing political practices. To that end, anyone who is curious about the (preliminary) findings have reason to read the report (

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