Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to reach the SDGs
A focus on deprivation is fundamental to human development. Poverty is multifaceted and thus multidimensional. The dimensions of poverty go far beyond inadequate income. It involves poor health and nutrition, low education and skills, inadequate livelihoods, bad housing conditions, social exclusion and lack of participation. Money-based measures are important, but deprivations in other dimensions and their overlap also need to be considered, especially because households facing multiple deprivations are likely to be in worse situations than income poverty measures suggest. The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index was introduced in the Human Development Report 2010 and has been updated every year since then.