MPAT is a new framework for measuring rural poverty
New tool to measure rural poverty: robustness assessment by the JRC
Scientists at the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) carried out an independent analysis and provided recommendations for additional improvements to the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) framework and surveys. This analysis also statistically confirmed the suitability of using a thematic indicator, as opposed to a composite indicator, and verified the overall robustness of MPAT’s architecture.
MPAT is a multi-purpose tool that can be used to assess and support rural poverty alleviation efforts in developing countries. This survey-based (household and village level) thematic indicator is primarily designed to support monitoring and evaluation, targeting, and prioritisation efforts at the local level.
MPAT takes a step back from assessment methods that are focused on economic- and consumption-oriented indicators and strives to provide an overview of fundamental and relatively universal dimensions of rural livelihoods and rural life, and thus of rural poverty. It is designed to be universal enough to be relevant to most rural contexts around the world, yet specific enough to provide project managers and others with a detailed overview of key dimensions relevant to rural poverty reduction efforts. MPAT provides an assessment of ten dimensions central to rural livelihoods, highlighting where additional support or interventions are likely to be most needed.