Workshop on ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement’ in Senegal
Date: 30 November - 06 December 2015
Venue: Dakar - Senegal

The Workshop on ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement (MPM)’ was organised by SESRIC in collaboration with the OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) on 30 November – 6 December 2015 in Dakar, Republic of Senegal.

The Workshop on MPM was organised within the general framework of the 2014-SESRIC-016 Project that was among the successful final projects selected for the Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme of COMCEC for the year to 2015. Moreover, this Workshop was also a continuation of the 2013-SESRIC-028 in which within this framework, two Expert Group Meetings had been held ( and and the report on ‘Measurement of Poverty in OIC Member Countries 2015’ had been published (

The Workshop on MPM aimed at providing a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty was presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.

The Workshop covered the following topics:

  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance,, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

The working language of the Workshop on MPM was English with simultaneous translation into Arabic and French.