Online Course: Designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index, University of Oxford

I finished the course Designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index offered by the Oxford Poverty and Development Institute and the United Nations Development Programme. The certificate was issued on 19 April 2020.


This five-week course facilitated in English draws on a handbook, How to Build a National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI): Using the MPI to inform the SDGs, launched by UNDP and OPHI in July 2019. The MPI complements traditional monetary poverty measures by capturing severe deprivations in education, health, living standards, employment, safety, and many other dimensions of poverty. Using country and sub-national examples, this course offers detailed practical guidance for policymakers, technical experts, and other stakeholders on how to design an MPI at the national and local levels.

MOOC Highlights and Outcomes

  • Gain hands-on tools to develop a comprehensive MPI capturing multiple simultaneous deprivations faced by the poor
  • Interact with experts who are actively engaged in developing national and subnational MPIs
  • Join the Community-of-Practice committed to ending multidimensional poverty
  • Take a deep dive into rich learning materials
  • Receive a certificate of completion from premier international development institutions

Course Topics

  • Week 1: Introduction to the Multidimensional Poverty Index
  • Week 2: Generating support for the national MPI
  • Week 3: The technical process of creating a national MPI – Part 1
  • Week 4: The technical process of creating a national MPI – Part 2
  • Week 5: Using national MPIs as policy tools

More information about the course can be accessed at


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