Metrics for Measuring Poverty and Other Good Stuff

This week, Laura Libman, Tia’s founder, contributed an article on metrics for measuring poverty for Thunderbird for Good’s Knowledge Network.  Laura’s brief missives represent just one of many practical and theoretical discussions on topics such as ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

New ways of capturing data related to poverty make  programs like Tia’s more effective. Ms. Libman’s article contains reflections on a piece in last week’s Economist (“Economic Focus: A wealth of data” July 31st, 2010, p. 62),  which explains a new method for capturing the multidimensional aspects of poverty, while still giving us a succinct but more accurate metric than the standard “dollar-a-day” measure.

The United Nations plans to use this new Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) developed by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, and the Mexican Government employs a variant of the MPI.

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Knowledge Network offers research and opinions on cutting edge global issues from some of the best minds in their respective fields.  Thunderbird for Good (T4G) leverages the school’s expertise in international business to provide learning experiences for non-traditional students who utilize business and management skills to fight poverty, secure peace and improve living conditions in their communities.   The Tia Foundation is honored to support T4G’s efforts to make us all better global citizens.

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The Tia Foundation is a small, Arizona-based NGO dedicated to driving sustainable health solutions in rural Mexico.

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