IDM at the Sustainability and Development Conference

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From 9 – 11 November, the Sustainability and Development Conference was held at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The conference brought together a diverse range of researchers to “engage with the best processes and means to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them”.

The conference identified sustainable development as “perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity”. With a plethora of understandings and approaches to sustainable development, the Sustainability and Development Conference provided space for global researchers to share knowledge and improve efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Over 500 presentations were delivered across 115 sessions in two days.

Trang Pham and Associate Professor Janet Hunt presenting at the Sustainability and Development Conference.

Associate Professor Janet Hunt and Trang Pham of the ANU IDM team shared ways in which the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM), as a gender sensitive and individual level measure of multidimensional poverty, can complement existing measures to track SDG progress.

Dr Hunt addressed the limitations of existing household-level poverty measures for understanding the circumstances of individuals in households. Without individual-level measurement, data cannot be accurately disaggregated to reveal who is being left behind. She also mapped the links between the dimensions measured by the IDM and SDG targets.

Ms Pham focused on the IDM’s sampling strategies to enable gender-sensitive data and overcome the limitations of household-level measurement. Presentations were followed by questions and lively discussion from the packed-out theatre.

Each presentation can be downloaded below.

The conference also generated some valuable connections with academics working on gender equity and the measurement of women’s empowerment. The IDM team looks forward to engaging further.

Using the Individual Deprivation Measure to obtain SDG data

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Sampling strategies for gender sensitive data

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To find out more about the conference, read the program here.