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Ministry of Human Development hosting five-day conference on poverty

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2019. 4:29 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is hosting a five-day conference this week with the goal of redefining the definition of the word “poverty.”

The workshop, being held under the theme “Poverty: Dollars to Dimensions,” started in Belize City today, and will continue in Belize city tomorrow before moving to Belmopan on Wednesday where it will continue until Friday. The ministry said that the event will be used to raise national awareness on the hardships of poverty as an experience and to shift from the traditional definition of poverty and to begin using the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

“The proposed shift from the current poverty measure—which focuses mainly on a lack of income—to the Multidimensional Poverty Index is in recognition of the fact that several factors contribute to poverty and this complex phenomenon cannot only be studied based on what a person earns or expends at a given time,” the ministry said.

Minister of State, Dr. Angel Campos, said that the move towards using the MPI will help his ministry tailor projects and policies to reflect the complex reality of poverty.

Entities such as UNICEF, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), the Statistical Institute of Belize, the Ministry of Economic Development, and the National Assessment Team for the Country Poverty Assessment will participate in the event.

 

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