20 Jun 2010
SIPA contribution to Multidimentional Poverty Assessment Tool
SIPA staff was the Lead Technical Adviser of a new initiative led by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) on developing, testing and piloting a new tool for local level rural poverty assessment - The Multidimensional Poverty Assessement Tool (MPAT). MPAT is a newly developed, survey-based thematic indicator that allows project managers, government officials and others to determine which dimensions of rural livelihoods likely require support and, more generally, whether an enabling environment is in place to allow rural residents to pursue their livelihood goals. A central part of the MPA Project has been the independent analysis of the structural integrity of the tool, from a statistical perspective, undertaken by our staff. The JRC contribution is widely acknowledged in the MPAT publication available at http://www.ifad.org/mpat/resources/book.pdf. The JRC validation report is available.