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Women in Economics: Sabina Alkire: Tackling Poverty Beyond the Idea of Material Wealth

August 16, 2022

Sabina Alkire: We need to see the people behind the numbers. (Photo: Oxford University)

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Live simply so that others may simply live.” In this podcast, we hear from an economist who believes there is more to poverty reduction than just money. Sabina Alkire began her long career helping the poor doing volunteer work alongside the likes of Mother Teresa- then studying theology before turning to economics. Today, Alkire heads the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and is one of the creators of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which the United Nations uses to identify and help the most vulnerable people in the world. Journalist, Rhoda Metcalfe spoke with Sabina Alkire to discuss her work for our special series on extraordinary Women in Economics. Transcript

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Sabina Alkire is Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford.