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D 3.1 Assessment of the different measures of poverty: relevance, feasibility and limits

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This deliverable completes a poverty measurement assessment task by a group of eight teams in the consortium. It does not provide any original knowledge or findings, since it discusses methodological and measurement issues relating to partners’ research programmes being developed over the course of the Nopoor project.

The first part of this deliverable is an original analysis of poverty measurement in its multiple dimensions. Recent poverty research has focused on the many dimensions of poverty, including non-monetary dimensions, in a move to steer policies towards target populations not well captured by previous analyses. The multidimensional poverty index is designed to have one indicator cover the many dimensions of poverty. This index raises many questions about the technical choices made for its calculation, the dimensions included and the weights of these different dimensions. The index is in use (based on different calculation methods) in a number of countries such as Mexico and India (specific programmes on these two countries are presented in Part II). We argue that this index, with its many shortcomings and limitations, may not be a relevant tool for policymakers as it confounds populations who suffer different kinds of deprivation and may need specific policies.