Archive for September, 2010

Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

By Kieron L Jones, on 6 September 2010

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford University have launched a new index to measure poverty levels which they said give a ‘multidimensional’ picture of people living in hardship, and could help target development resources more effectively. The new measure, the Multidimensional Poverty Index, or MPI, was developed and applied by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) with UNDP support. It will be featured in the forthcoming 20th anniversary edition of the UNDP Human Development Report to be released in October 2010, and replaces the Human Poverty Index, which had been included in these reports since 1997.


By Kieron L Jones, on 3 September 2010

vraafrica ‘The Voter Registration in Africa Database was created as a part of a broader project to develop and promote sustainable voter registration methodologies and models in Africa. EISA is implementing this project with the support of the UN Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD).

The knowledge generated by this project and the experience shared will enable election administrators and donors to make more informed decisions on methodologies and technology for voter registration.

The purpose of the database is to make information about voter registration freely accessible. The database features an easy to use search facility for visitors to the web site. It houses over 1,000 resources in three languages (English, French and Portuguese) and covers most African countries.’