The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) is an economic research center within Oxford University. Established in 2007, OPHI aims to build and advance a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing multidimensional poverty, grounded in people’s experiences and values. OPHI works towards this by broadening poverty measurement, improving data on poverty, building capacity and impacting policy. OPHI’s work is grounded in Amartya Sen’s capability approach, creating real tools that inform policies to reduce poverty. OPHI’s team members are involved in a wide range of activities and collaborations around the world, including survey design and testing, quantitative and qualitative data collection, training and mentoring, and advising policy makers.
After 10 years of pioneering work on multi-dimensional poverty, OPHI has many active clients around the world, with interest from national governments, donor agencies, and private busiensses. But the organizations has found itself at a pivotal crossroads and will work with IMAGO to think strategically together about what should be the main focus for OPHI in the next five years.