This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a long-standing partner in the movement for social connectedness. In celebration of this anniversary, OPHI has published a special report, Dimensions: OPHI 10th Anniversary, highlighting their work to date.
Founded by Sabina Alkire and John Hammack, OPHI seeks to advance a systematic methodological and economic framework to reduce multidimensional poverty. Their work is grounded in the lives and values of the people they work with.
In collaboration with SCSC’s Founder, Kim Samuel, OPHI has incorporated social connectedness as a missing dimension of poverty in their work. The opposite of social connectedness – shame, humiliation and social isolation – have been identified as core impediments to achieving well-being. OPHI understands social connectedness as an important dimension in people’s lives and is thus leading efforts to collect more data that can contribute to poverty alleviation strategies and policies.
We are proud to continue working with OPHI to advance research on social connectedness as a missing dimension of poverty.