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Supporting national efforts to define and measure multidimensional poverty in Latin America

26 November 2018

New project aims to measure adult and child poverty in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru.

Academics from the School for Policy Studies have received funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to work with UNICEF headquarters in New York and some of the leading academics across Latin America to improve the measurement of multi-dimensional poverty.

To date, the extent, nature and distribution of multidimensional poverty across groups and location remains unknown in Argentina, Brazil and Peru due to the lack of robust and nationally agreed multidimensional poverty measures that adequately capture the needs of the population in the 21st Century.

The project, which will be led by Dr. Héctor E. Nájera Catalán (alongside Professor David Gordon as Co-investigator), aims to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to eradicate poverty in all its forms everywhere, based on a methodology which has proven to be a successful in more than 50 other countries. 

The methodology, widely considered the ‘gold standard’ for multidimensional deprivation measurement, draws on nearly three decades of developments of the consensual deprivation method in which the University of Bristol have played a central role. It has already been adopted to produce poverty and exclusion measures by all 28 EU member states, New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu; as well as by statistical agencies and academic studies in Africa and Asia (e.g. South Africa, Uganda, China, etc.).

Further information

1)     The project will collaborate with the following institutions across Latin America: -

  • Professor Luis Beccaria. Universidad General Sarmiento (UGS), Argentina
  • Enrique Delamónica. UNICEF. New York
  • Maria Esther Cutimbo Gil, El Instituto Nacional de Estadísticañ e Informática (INEI), Peru
  • Roberto Olinto, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), Brazil
  • Marian Martin Rodriguez, Gobierno del Estado de Sonora, Social Policy department, Mexico
  • Alfonso Celestino, Sonora, Mexico

2)     The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

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