UNDP Supports Multidimensional Poverty Measuring Techniques in the Region
On 14th March, 2013, on the occasion of its OECS regional launch of the UNDP Human Development Report 2013, the UNDP Subregional Office for Barbados and the OECS in partnership with Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) also launched a new project Strengthening Capacity to Monitor Human Development in Barbados and the OECS. Building on several prior activities in this area, this new project aims to support capacity development at the national and regional level for the collection and timely submission of data by national institutions to allow for the measurement of poverty and human development dimensions for evidence-based policymaking, and to ensure their accurate reflection in annual Human Development and other global Reports. As part of this effort, UNDP is also supporting countries in the development of a multidimensional poverty measurement that goes beyond income, and allows for the ongoing monitoring and analysis of poverty and human development, particularly related to the post-2015 development agenda. In December 2012, UNDP co-hosted with other UN agencies, the OECS Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank an Expert Group Meeting on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement in the Caribbean. The meeting looked at examples of such measures in Latin America and around the world, and agreed on some initial steps that should be considered in developing such a measure in the Caribbean.
The agreed steps from that meeting have now taken a team of Caribbean statisticians and policy analysts to Washington D.C to participate in the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis and Measurement now underway at the International Institute for Economic Policy at George Washington University from July 8-20. The programme teaches the conceptual and technical dimensions of measuring multidimensional poverty, and works with participants to develop measures based on their own contexts and application of knowledge gained. The Caribbean participants are part of a Technical Working Group now being established to support the development of such a measure in Barbados and the OECS, and will in turn facilitate further practical training for other Caribbean colleagues with whom they are working to develop the measure.