Nuru International - First to Partner with IFAD and UN to Implement MPAT for Measuring Poverty in Rural Africa

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The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT), a simple survey developed by IFAD, is set to help Nuru International eradicate rural poverty in Kuria, Kenya.

Nuru International introduces the IFAD MPAT to Kenya, Africa

Nuru International introduces the MPAT to Kenya, Africa

“The MPAT will serve as Nuru's Poverty Metrics System, designed to be used in any community, irrespective of country or culture. They are meant as our universal standard for poverty assessment.

Nuru International is a U.S.-based social venture that equips the poor living in remote, rural areas to end extreme poverty in their communities. Nuru is piloting an innovative new tool developed by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool, or MPAT as it is more commonly known, is a universal measurement tool for assessing a range of factors that contribute to rural poverty. The MPAT will provide Nuru with the information it needs to measure progress in eradicating rural poverty at a local level in Kuria, Kenya. Nuru International is the first organization to implement the MPAT in Africa.

“MPAT measures […] key aspects and indicators of the domains essential to an enabling environment within which people are sufficiently free from their immediate needs, and therefore in a position to more successfully pursue their higher needs and, ultimately, their wants.” Alasdair Cohen, MPA Project Manager and Lead Advisor to IFAD.

Nuru International believes that for poverty alleviation to be lasting, there must be an enabling environment to support it. Measuring what constitutes an enabling environment is complicated, which is why Nuru is using a tool specifically developed for this purpose. By incorporating the MPAT into Nuru International’s measurement and evaluation process, the organization seeks to inform and adapt operations in order to not only optimize the results of our programs, but also foster the enabling environment, which will support continued growth.

“The MPAT will serve as our Poverty Metrics System, and its results will constitute information that can show changes in the poverty level of communities. Poverty Metrics are designed to be used in any community, irrespective of country or culture. They are meant as our universal standard for poverty assessment.” Gabrielle Blocher, Nuru International Director of Monitoring and Evaluation.

By using the MPAT, Nuru aims to identify the perceptions that rural communities have regarding rural poverty and translate them into actionable information. The MPAT will enable both Nuru International and the local community to see all of the issues of rural poverty in Kuria, Kenya and plan appropriate interventions on a local scale.

“We have piloted the survey in a few communities and the feedback is positive. Largely, households are excited the survey is in the people’s native language of Kikurian. “Most old people grin ear-to-ear when they hear us speak in their mother tongue,” one enumerator told me.” Jamie Frederick, Monitoring and Evaluation Program Manager

Through education, training and leadership the local communities will be able to choose the type of livelihood they wish to pursue. Regardless of the type of intervention, it is crucial to first ensure that people’s fundamental needs are adequately understood, which is tantamount to Nuru’s philosophy on holistic development. Nuru pursues holistic, sustainable solutions to end extreme poverty. We accomplish this by focusing on 5 Areas of Development: Agriculture, Water & Sanitation, Healthcare, Education and Small Business Development.

About Nuru International
Nuru International is a U.S.-based social venture that equips the poor living in remote, rural areas to end extreme poverty in their communities. Nuru is fighting to see an end to extreme poverty in our lifetime and is using the MPAT to realize that goal. Thankfully we are not in this fight alone. Dozens of humanitarian organizations thousands and impassioned individuals are working alongside us to end extreme poverty. We can end extreme poverty one community at a time. Nuru is starting first in Kuria, Kenya. Nuru International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit charity.

About Jake Harriman
Jake Harriman is the founder and CEO of Nuru International, a social venture dedicated to fighting extreme poverty. Jake earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in June 2008. It was during his time at Stanford that Jake gathered the skills to build a model that is proving we can eradicate extreme poverty by empowering entire communities.

Jake served seven and a half years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander. During that time, he led Marines on four operational deployments throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, and Southwest Asia/Middle East, including two combat tours in Iraq. His personal experiences fighting the war on terror around the world convinced him of the link between extreme poverty and terrorism. Jake left his career in the Marine Corps and enrolled at Stanford to build an organization that would address the growing threat of terrorism by ending extreme poverty.

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