Ministers from over 20 countries belonging to the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) gathered in Berlin between 7-8 July 2014 to endorse multidimensional poverty as an overall goal of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and endorse the establishment of a new MPI 2015+ measure of extreme poverty in the post-2015 development context. The network and its participants endorsed Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs) as a powerful policy tool for enhanced poverty reduction at the regional, national and subnational level, with the ability to illuminate the state and progress of marginalised groups.
The event, the first high-level meeting of the Network since its launch at the University of Oxford in June 2013, provided a forum for senior delegates to share conceptual, methodological and practical information on the implementation of multidimensional poverty measures in their respective countries.
Hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the meeting brought together Vice Presidents, Ministers and Deputy Ministers from 25 governments, including Bhutan, Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Turkey, South Africa and Vietnam. Senior representatives from international institutions such as Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Organization of American States (OAS), OECD, SESRIC, Southern African Development Community (SADC) and UNDP were also present. The Centre was represented thereat by Prof. Savaş Alpay, Director General.
At the meeting the network launched the official Multidimensional Poverty Network website that gives information about the work of poverty being conducted by each participant country. Presentations given during the event are available to view on the website and the communiqué issued by the network can be read here.
The high-level meeting furthers the network’s mission to provide international support to policymakers engaged in or exploring the construction of multidimensional poverty measures. It provides a forum for South-South exchanges on topics such as measurement design and the political processes and institutional arrangements that sustain new measures.