Designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index


In this course, you will learn to develop a holistic multidimensional poverty index that integrates income-based inequalities with deprivations across health, education, housing, sanitation, employment and livelihoods, food security, environment, and other living standards to inform the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Course starts: 16 March 2020
Course ends: 17 April 2020
Duration: 5 weeks
Estimated effort: 2 – 3 hours per week
Languages: English
 Requirements: Internet connection

UNDP and OPHI are excited to offer you a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). 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

Learning objectives

By the time the course is completed, you will be able to:

  • Understand the steps involved in developing a robust MPI
  • Examine the normative choices and technical requirements of multidimensional poverty measurement
  • Understand the key aspects of stakeholder engagement in designing and using an MPI
  • Monitor, analyze and report progress in reducing multidimensional poverty at national and local levels, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Course completion requirements

To receive the certificate of course completion, participants must complete:

  • Five online lessons
  • Five weekly quizzes
  • The final test
  • The course survey

Click Enroll to register today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many languages will the course be available in?
The course is only available in English at this time.

2. Do I need any qualifications to enroll in this course?
No. This course is aimed at technicians and politicians who are engaged in developing national and subnational MPIs but is open to everyone.

3. What are the technical requirements to enroll in this course?
Participants should be able to access the Internet, even if only periodically, in order to access the course materials and complete the course requirements.

4. What are the requirements to receive the certificate of completion?
In order to receive the certificate of course completion, participants must complete five online lessons, five weekly quizzes, the final test, and the course survey. These are the ONLY requirements to receive the certificate.

5. Are there any system requirements for accessing course content?
No, there are no specific system requirements to view the content of this course.

6. How do I access course content if I have poor Internet connectivity?
For technical assistance, please contact  the Learning for Nature team at You can also contact the course team by clicking on the “Contact Course Coordinator” button in the top right corner of the course room.

7. How can I access all pre-recorded webinars?
All the webinar recordings will be available on the Learning for Nature Youtube channel.

8. Will I be able to access the course materials after the course is over?
Yes. When the course is over, the MOOC course room will be transformed into a self-paced module, and you will be able to access all the course materials indefinitely. However, to download the course completion certificate for the Massive Open Online Course, you must complete the course requirements by the end of the MOOC.

9. How will I know what to do each week?
Once you register for the course, you will be automatically added to the course mailing list. A week before the course, you will receive an Orientation email outlining all the course components, required and optional. In addition, each Monday of the course, you will receive a weekly announcement from Learning for Nature outlining the course components for each week, and reminding you to complete the requirements.

10. How can I get in touch with other course participants?
You can view the list of course participants by clicking the Members tab on the course home page. If you would like to send a private message to any of the participants, click on their name and select “Private message” on their profile page. You may also send them a connection request by clicking “Add connection.” To view the list of all the Learning for Nature users, select the Learners tab on the site homepage.

11. How do I receive my course completion certificate when I complete the course?
Once you complete the course requirements, the certificate of course completion will be automatically generated and will become available for download in PDF format directly from the course home page. To download the certificate, you will need to click the “Download my certificate” button right above the Module section of the course home page.

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