The Individual Deprivation Measure Global Program

by Individual Deprivation Measure



The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM): a gender-sensitive and multi-dimensional measure of deprivation.

Project implemented: January 2016

Project goal

By 2020 the IDM is ready for global use as an individual measure of deprivation and a tool for tracking how development is changing lives.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Gender data matters: without it, we cannot achieve the 2030 Agenda, and, without it, it is difficult to devise effective policy and programs.

Key steps to make it happen

1Develop a robust measure

Develop a robust measure of individual-level multidimensional poverty that is sensitive to gender and can be disaggregated.

2Test in various contexts

Use in a range of countries and contexts, and for different purposes, to identify how it is best used.

3A technological platform

Develop a technological platform for collection, analysis and display of IDM data to enable use and uptake.

4Enhance and inform debate

Enhance and inform global debate about individual-level, gender sensitive data for poverty measurement.

impact to date

1,915 individuals
~1,915 of individuals experiencing poverty contributed to the IDM's development.
12,600 participants
~12,600 people across 4 countries have been involved in trialing the IDM.
25% of 53 indicators
The IDM aligns with some 25 per cent of the 53 gender-related SDG indicators.

The IDM was mentioned in a statement by a member of the Australian delegation at an interactive expert panel on data and gender statistics at the United Nations’ 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2017.

By 2020, the IDM Program will provide nuanced evidence of gender gaps across a range of SDG targets to highlight priority needs for achieving the Goals by 2030.

The Australian Government is partnering with the Australian National University and the International Women’s Development Agency, to deliver the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM). This gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure assesses deprivation at the individual level, in relation to 15 dimensions of life, making it possible to see who is poor, in what way and to what extent. The IDM is helping to overcome the current limitations of poverty data by getting below the household level to provide individual-level assessment of deprivation.  By enabling disaggregation of data and measuring what poor women and men say defines poverty, using an approach that can reveal the relationship between gender and poverty, including within the household, the IDM can provide a gender-sensitive, nuanced, intersectional picture of deprivation.  This can help governments and organisations to tackle poverty more effectively through better targeting of policy and programming. Individual level, gender-sensitive, multidimensional measurement is critical to tracking global progress towards the SDGs, and understanding how development efforts are contributing to ‘leaving no one behind’.

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