Expert meeting on the expansion of multidimensional poverty/deprivation measures


Reinforcement of the cooperation between the United Nations Development Programme-Human Development Report Office (UNDP-HDRO) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE)


On 27-28 April 2017, the University of Geneva hosted an expert meeting on the expansion of multidimensional poverty/deprivation measures with the participation of the UNDP-HDRO, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, World Bank, CONEVAL Mexico as well as other international and European research institutes and universities. It was jointly organised by Milorad Kovacevic from UNDP-HDRO, Jaya Krishnakumar from the School of Economics and Management (GSEM) and Vittorio Mainetti from the International Affairs Office of the University of Geneva. The opening address was given by Marcelo Olarreaga, Dean of the GSEM faculty.


Against the background of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UNDP initiated a reflection on rethinking human poverty measures. The two-day expert meeting launched an open dialogue on the state of the art in poverty research as well as appropriate instruments to capture poverty and deprivation at the regional, national and global levels. It discussed the main issues and challenges of the current research on poverty and deprivation, in particular the relevant dimensions to be included, the type of indicators, the correlations among them, differentiation of measures for developing and developed nations, as well as future strategies, especially for incorporating environmental considerations.


Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office at the UNDP New York, concluded the successful exchange of expertise and experience by thanking Jaya Krishnakumar for not only hosting a fruitful meeting but also actively participating in the discussions along with other colleagues from the GSEM. A special word of thanks was addressed to Vittorio Mainetti for the logistic support and the two graduate students Ingrid Vargas and Mariel Graziella Zimmerman for their assistance during the sessions. The friendly manner in which the discussions took place was well appreciated by all participants.

15 May 2017