This paper presents the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), a measure of acute poverty, understood as a person’s inability to meet simultaneously minimum international standards in indicators related to the Millennium Development Goals and to core functionings.

In this paper OPHI presents details of new Multidimensional Poverty Index developed for 104 developing countries. This will be featured in the forthcoming UNDP HDR 2010 & replaces the Human Poverty Index used in these reports since 1997.

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) has developed a new international measure of poverty