Bhutan using MPI as an official measure for poverty: PM
The Prime Minister attended the opening of the 72nd UN General Assembly last Wednesday.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Prime Minister participated at the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network event.
Addressing the event, Prime Minister informed the gathering that using the Multidimensional Poverty Index ( MPI) to track progress on the SDGs is not just useful but critical.
He said that “in Bhutan, we have always approached development from a holistic perspective based on GNH which is consistent with the 2030 agenda.”
“Under that broad development framework, Bhutan has been using the national Multidimensional Poverty Index for the past seven years as an official measure of poverty to assess the needs of our people and to formulate appropriate policies and effective interventions”.
He emphasized that much of Bhutan’s success in our efforts on poverty reduction has been achieved due to our strong social development policies.
“Education and health care is free and we invest heavily on sustainable rural development. For this, local governments have been strengthened.”
The Prime Minister informed that Bhutan has brought down the poverty rate by 50 percent within a short span of time and that Bhutan has set the target of reducing MPI to less than 10 percent by 2018.
Dasho Tshering Tobgay stressed that in the era of SDGs, when the quest is for transformational change and shared prosperity, UN systems needs comprehensive tools and framework that help the nation countries identify the most vulnerable and poorest so that they are not left behind.
“But we need to make sure that we continuously measure our progress.” He added.
He concluded that the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs provide a comprehensive framework and the MPI help the member countries to measure and manage our efforts to ensure that the countries are on the right path towards poverty eradication and sustainable development.