What is the mif?

The Multidimensional Inequality Framework (MIF) and Toolkit will help you measure and understand inequalities, identify their causes and explore potential solutions for inequality reduction in a consistent and systematic way. Developed by the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE at LSE), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Oxfam, it is based on Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach, and provides guidance to assess inequalities in seven domains that matter for human life, such as health, education and knowledge, or the ability to have influence and voice.
Inequality is a complex, multidimensional phenomenon. The MIF has been developed to help users understand how different types of inequality interrelate and affect people's lives, especially the lives of people living in poverty.

Who is it for?

This website provides a toolkit to apply the MIF in your context. It has been tailored to meet the interests and needs of civil society organisations like Oxfam. Oxfam teams, as well as other researchers, practitioners and experts working on inequalities and willing to take action against them, will find valuable guidance within this toolkit.

What is the MIF for?

The MIF and its toolkit aim to enable a robust analysis of inequalities, laying the foundations for stronger programming and helping Oxfam teams take more effective actions for change.

Oxfam Country Strategies that aim to contribute to inequality reduction need to be based on a sound understanding of how inequalities operate in your specific context, which groups in society are being left behind, as well as which are the most relevant drivers of inequalities and how you can tackle them. This knowledge will help you make the right decisions regarding the strategic focus of your country programmes. This Oxfam toolkit can guide your decision-making in this area.

Thinking about what you can do for inequality reduction? Pathways for change are dynamic and diverse. The Oxfam toolkit can help you explore different pathways for change, for instance by creating new narratives, exploring potentially effective public policies for inequality reduction, engaging with civil society or via new data advocacy initiatives.

Wanting to know how unequal your country or city is? Considering a national diagnosis of inequality? The MIF can be the basis for a local, national or regional inequality report, or an internal research paper to inform programme strategies. It can also help you generate killer facts for your campaigns and influencing work.