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Measure What Matters Global Conference 6 – 8 April 2020

Measure What Matters Conference 2020


Following four years of research and refinement, the Individual Deprivation Measure’s important findings will be released in April next year at our global conference, Measure What Matters: data to leave no one behind.

It will bring together global thinkers and practitioners to showcase the value of gender sensitive data collected at the individual level, particularly data about poverty and inequality. We will also highlight global efforts to close gender data gaps and leave no one behind.

The conference will run from 6 – 8 April 2020 at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.


Early bird pricing available now. Secure your place



We are thrilled to announce the keynote speakers for this conference. The broader program is currently under development. It will give attendees opportunities to hear from thought leaders about measurement innovations, why they matter, and their implications for policy and programming, advocacy and change.

There will also be opportunities to join hands-on workshops and hear panel discussions about the twin challenges of poverty and inequality and ways to accelerate action.

Keynote Speakers

Shahra Razavi
Chief of the Research & Data Section at UN Women

Shahra Razavi is the Chief of the Research & Data Section at UN Women, where she is research director of UN Women’s flagship reports, including Progress of the World’s Women. Prior to joining UN Women, Shahra was a senior researcher at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and Visiting Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies at Universities of Bern and Fribourg.  She specializes in the gender dimensions of development, with a particular focus on work, social policy and care. Her publications include Seen, Heard and Counted: Rethinking Care in a Development Context (2011, Blackwell), The Gendered Impacts of Liberalization (2009, Routledge) and Gender Justice, Development and Rights (with Maxine Molyneux, 2002, Oxford University Press). Shahra received her Bachelor from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and her Masters and Doctorate (D.Phil.) from Oxford University.

Sarah Bradshaw
Professor of Gender and Sustainabile Development, School of Law, Middlesex University

Dr Sarah Bradshaw is a Professor in Gender and Sustainable Development and Head of the School of Law at Middlesex University, London. A feminist and a scholar-practitioner, her work focusses on gendered rights, poverty and poverty alleviation, and household decision making. While living in Nicaragua in the late 1990s, working with women’s groups and movements, the experience of Hurricane Mitch led to a new research focus on gendered disaster risk reduction and response. She has undertaken work with various development agencies including the UNDP and DFID and with major INGOs such as Oxfam. As a member of the UNSDSN’s thematic network on human rights she wrote the background report on gender for the UN’s High Level Panel charged with developing the first draft SDGs. Sarah combines research with practice, having lobbied around World Bank policies, advocated for the inclusion of gendered rights in UN processes, and engaged in inter-governmental negotiations around international policy frameworks.

Papa Seck
Chief Statistician, UN Women

Papa Alioune B. Seck leads statistics and data at UN-Women since 2009. Papa led the development of UN Women’s Women Count global initiative, to improve the production and use of gender data and to help countries monitor the Sustainable Development Goals form a gender perspective and is currently leading its implementation since 2016. He also developed of the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) programme in 2012, in collaboration with the UN Statistics Division, resulting in innovative new standards and measures to measure asset ownership and entrepreneurship from a gender perspective. He has co-authored several editions of UN-Women’s Flagship Reports and contributed to various other research products. Prior to joining UN-Women, Papa worked was Statistics Specialist in UNDP’s Human Development Report (HDR) Office, co-authoring three global HDRs and was the co-editor of a book on Risk, shocks and Vulnerability and their impact on human development (Palgrave McMillan 2010).

David Hulme
Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester

David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Executive Director of the Global Development Institute, CEO of the FutureDAMS project and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. He has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of NGOs in conflict/peace and development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific.

More speakers will be announced as the program is finalised in the lead up to the conference. Register now and to be alerted to key conference information, register for our emails via the form below. We look forward to seeing you in Canberra in 2020!

Registrations open - Day One
11:00am to 12:00pm
Ten years of work
Why measuring what matters, matters

Welcome to Country

Official welcome to delegates

Hearing from each of the IDM partners

The IDM journey
An introduction the unique aspects of the IDM
Gender and deprivation
Insights & learnings from IDM country studies on how time use, work, voice and relationships impact on women’s lives
Sarah Bradshaw Keynote
‘Gender Inequality and Women’s Poverty’
Drinks reception
Shahra Razavi Public Lecture
Welcome Day Two
Papa Seck Keynote
Gender sensitive data measurement
Morning Tea
Technology booth prototype
Concurrent sessions

Deep dive into survey implementation


Open data, data accessibility, and IDM technology prototype

Afternoon tea
Closing gender data gaps
Opportunities and directions in the Pacific
Shahra Razavi Keynote
Research to policy, good policy practice, importance of gender data

Measure What Matters Conference 2020

What is the IDM?

The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) is a new, gender-sensitive measure of multidimensional poverty. It is a ground-breaking measure developed to assess deprivation at the individual level, overcoming limitations of current approaches that measure poverty at the household level.

The current IDM Program is a partnership between the Australian National UniversityInternational Women’s Development Agency and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Download this 2-page infographic for an overview, or watch the short video below to learn more about this ground-breaking measure:

Image of a thumbnail from IDM video, the picture is of an animated globe over the top of a dark blue background with individual I figures surrounding the globe.