UN specialized agency unveils tool to measure poverty

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A simple and innovative tool to analyze and measure rural development has been unveiled in Rome on Thursday by the United Nations' specialized agency for rural development, IFAD.

The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) is the result of a collaborative and international initiative started in 2008 and led by IFAD.

Using household and village surveys, the tool monitors and measures the actions and initiatives used to improve rural lives and livelihoods.

These surveys gather input on housing, food security and empowerment for example.

The data collected is then used to produce a clear picture of the situation in a given household, village or project.

MPAT can then facilitate and enhance successful interventions by pointing to development partners areas that need the most support and in doing so, contribute to reducing poverty.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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