The Individual Deprivation Measure: A Gender-Sensitive Approach to Poverty Measurement

Scott Wisor, Sharon Bessell, Fatima Castillo, Joanne Crawford, Kieran Donaghue, Janet Hunt, Alison Jaggar, Amy Liu, Thomas Pogge

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Ground-breaking participatory research, feminist analysis and rights-based conceptual work underpin the Individual Deprivation Measure. The research was undertaken through a four-year, international, interdisciplinary research collaboration, led by the Australian National University, in partnership with the International Women’s Development Agency and the Philippine Health and Social Science Association, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Oxfam Great Britain (Southern Africa), with additional support from Oxfam America and Oslo University. It was funded by the Australian Research Council and partner organisations (LP 0989385).

The Research Report introducing the IDM also outlined a range of further work needed to refine and further develop the measure.

The international team behind the IDM set out to answer the question, what is a just and justifiable measure of poverty that is gender sensitive and capable of revealing gender disparities? To do this, the team undertook significant field-based research, using participatory and feminist research methodologies.

The work was undertaken in six countries across 18 research sites, with three age cohorts of men and women at each site, because needs, challenges and priorities change over the lifecourse,
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIndividual Deprivation Measure
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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