This session will look at how the concept and measurement of poverty is evolving and share exciting developments at both the country and micro levels. Our understanding of poverty has evolved over the last 20 years and today multidimensional measurements that include the poor as agents of change are coming of age.
Michael Walton, “Poverty measurement by “experts” and the poor, the experience over the last 3 decades and the evolution of thinking in the World Bank and other donor agencies”.
Michael Walton was one of the authors of the 1990 World Development Report on Poverty as well as Director for Poverty Reduction and also an author of the 2000 WDR on Poverty by the World Bank. He has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School since 2004 and has been working with the Poverty Stoplight for the last 18 months.
Sabina Alkire, “Implementing a Multidimensional Poverty Index at the Country and Global level”.
Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and has been a pioneer working on multidimensional poverty and developed the Alkire-Foster method, which is being implemented in several countries across the world as an alternative to traditional poverty measurements.
Luis Fernando Sanabria, “The Poverty Stoplight: Self-assessment and Action in multiple dimensions”.
Luis Fernando Sanabria is the COO of Fundacion Paraguaya, where the Poverty Stoplight was incubated and developed. This is a multidimensional tool that brings the poor to the center of both their self-diagnosis of their poverty situation as well as the authors of their life plans to change it. The Poverty Stoplight is now being scaled up globally, including in the UK.
Robert Webb, “Implementing the Poverty Stoplight in England and the impact it has on clients”.
Robert Webb is Director of Social Enterprise Development at Transmit Enterprise CIC, which is rolling out the Poverty Stoplight across the UK.
Isabel Guerrero: Moderator
Isabel Guerrero is Co-Founder and Executive Director of IMAGO Global Grassroots, an organization focused on giving people living in poverty the tools to build their own destiny. Isabel worked for 30 years at the World Bank, including as Vice-President for the South Asia region.