The most recent Boris Mints Institute Prize Laureate is Prof. Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), at the University of Oxford, UK for her extensive research and substantial public action in the field of poverty and inequality.
The 2020 Boris Mints Institute Prize was awarded to Prof. Alkire for her exceptional contribution to our understanding of the dynamics and implications of poverty and the impact of this work on the struggle against poverty throughout the world, and in particular, in developing countries. Though a prolific scholar, undoubtedly her major academic contribution to addressing poverty is her collaboration with James Foster in developing the MPI (Multidimensional Poverty Index), which does not only provide a headcount of who is poor but also provides the intensity of poverty at the household level. Alongside her academic achievements, Prof. Alkire has devoted much of her career to working to address poverty in different societies through her leadership at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Through this initiative and in collaboration with the United Nations and the World Bank, she has led the effort to employ the MPI as a means to identify the challenges of poverty, and the impact of policy on it, in over 100 developing nations.