681 Million Children Living in Multidimensional Poverty

OPHI Launches 2017 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) has launched the 2017 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).  The report disaggregates the latest figures for the by age group to analyse the particular situation of 1.8 billion children who live in 103 countries. Findings show that across the 103 low and middle income countries surveyed, children are found to constitute 34% of the total population – but 48% of the poor, based on a measure that assesses a range of deprivations in health, education and living standards. According to OPHI 689 million children are living in multidimensional poverty and 87% of these poor children are growing up in South Asia and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Children are also more afflicted by poverty, both in terms of incidence and intensity, than adults across all countries surveyed. The child poverty report finds that half of multidimensionally poor children live in ‘alert’ level fragile states, and child poverty levels are highest in the fragile states.

These new results are deeply disturbing as they show that children are disproportionately poor when the different dimensions of poverty are measured
— Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI

The global MPI was first developed by OPHI with the UN Development Programme in 2010. It has been published in the HDR ever since. This invaluable analytical tool identifIies the most vulnerable people – the poorest among the poor, revealing poverty patterns within countries and over time, enabling policy makers to target resources and design policies more effectively.



OPHI is a member of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty,