09/25/2013 10:31 am ET

We Need New Ways To Measure Poverty, UN Meeting Told


The international community needs to move away from using economic benchmarks to measure development progress if it is serious about ending extreme poverty, a meeting at the UN has been told.

At a side event at the UN general assembly in New York on Tuesday, hosted by the Global Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, representatives from the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (Ophi) and ministers and officials from Latin America, Nigeria and the Philippines, argued that adopting a multidimensional poverty index (MPI) alongside economic measures would allow countries to get a more nuanced picture of poverty and whether progress towards addressing it was being made.