Proposal for a Revised Multidimensional Poverty Index for Arab Countries
This document sets out the final proposal for the revised Arab Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) framework, as a result of technical work undertaken by ESCWA, OPHI and the League of Arab States (LAS), and consultations with partner organizations. This revised Arab MPI was endorsed during the 40th ministerial session of the LAS Social Ministerial Council on 17 December 2020, as a basis for the second Arab Multidimensional Poverty Report. The document describes the process leading up to the formal endorsement, the structure of the revised Arab MPI – its two pillars, and their dimensions and individual indicators – and the preliminary estimates of multidimensional poverty in 11 Arab countries using the revised index. Preliminary estimates show that across the 11 countries covered in the study, around 44% of residents suffer from multidimensional poverty, with an average deprivation intensity of around 34%.