Sabina Alkire awarded 2020 BMI for ground-breaking research tackling global poverty

Prof. Alkire has devoted much of her career to working to address poverty in different societies through her leadership at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development.

Her research interests and publications include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, Amartya Sen’s capability approach, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index, and human development. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and is on the board of the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The 2020 BMI Prize will be awarded to Prof. Sabina Alkire for her exceptional contribution to the understanding of the dynamics and implications of poverty and the impact of this work on the struggle against poverty throughout the world, and in particular, in developing countries.

The Boris Mints Institute was founded with the intention to encourage research, planning and innovative thinking to promote significant positive change in the world. BMI is focusing on finding strategic feasible solutions to provide strategic plans and innovative projects to enhance the welfare of communities around the globe.

Starting 2017, BMI awards a prize to an exceptional individual who has devoted his/her research and academic life to the solution of a strategic global challenge, and whose research public action and ideas had transformative impacts on global policy formation and a proven contribution to the welfare of a significant number of communities worldwide

Though a prolific scholar, undoubtedly Prof. Sabina’s major academic contribution to addressing poverty is her collaboration with James Foster in developing the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which does not only provide a headcount of who is poor but also provides the intensity of poverty at the household level.

Alongside her academic achievements, Prof. Alkire has devoted much of her career to working to address poverty in different societies through her leadership at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Through this initiative and in collaboration with the United Nations and the World Bank, she has led the effort to employ the MPI as a means to identify the challenges of poverty, and the impact of policy on it, in over 100 developing nations.

Previous BMI prize Laureate are;
2019, Dr. Peter H. Gleick, Co-Founder and President Emeritus, The Pacific Institute for studies in Development, Environment and Security.
2018, Prof. Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Dept. of Economics, Harvard University.
2017, Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University.

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