Beyond gross domestic product: multidimensional poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, reflecting the multifaceted challenges faced by people living in poverty. Poverty is widely considered as multidimensional in nature, reflecting deprivations across a broad range of dimensions. The present report highlights existing national approaches to multidimensional poverty that have been developed independently and that focus on specific dimensions of poverty, reflecting national contexts and priorities. Common dimensions of poverty addressed in approaches in most countries include health, education and living standards. The report underlines that there is further scope for countries to develop, apply and adapt existing approaches to country contexts. There is also space for collective work on multidimensional poverty to build on the commonalities among national approaches and link them to national efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.

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