Rural poverty has many dimensions that are often specific to a country or a particular context. The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) allows project managers, government officials, researchers and others to determine which dimensions of rural livelihoods require support, and whether the environment is in place that will enable beneficial rural development.
MPAT is an open-source tool that is designed to support project design, monitoring and evaluation, targeting, and prioritization at the local level. It can also be used to facilitate policy dialogue and support for national programs, in empowerment and advocacy, and to raise awareness among stakeholders.
It provides an objective means of justifying the allocation of resources.