Elected delegates have gathered at a seminar in Hanoi on to examine multidimensional poverty standards.

The standards contain various factors used by the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) that go beyond income poverty to reveal alternate patterns of poverty.

The index was developed by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative and the United Nations Development Programme in 2010.

As of the late 2014, the nationwide and district rates of poor households hit 6 percent and 32 percent, respectively, inching closer to the goal of under 5 and 30 percent this year, according to head of the National Office for Poverty Reduction under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Ngo Truong Thi.

Dr. Pham Minh Thu from the MOLISA’s Institute of Science and Social Affairs said the MPI takes other basic needs into account, including education, healthcare, accommodation, clean water and hygiene, and access to information.

Participants also mentioned the application of a multi-dimensional poverty approach in State policymaking and management.

The February 6 event was hosted by the National Assembly’s Committee for Social Affairs.-VNA