Poverty and Vulnerability
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Is Sri Lanka’s Grade Five Scholarship Exam Akin to a Fool’s Errand?

The grade five scholarship examination is usually the first significant academic hurdle that most youngsters in Sri Lanka face. While children are prepared from a young age to face the exam successfully, how many manage to score above the cut-off mark each year? Does the exam serve its intended objectives of providing better schools and financial aid to bright students? Is it worth the time, money, and effort spent by young children and their parents? This blog by Ashani Abayasekara seeks to answer these questions, using data from the 2016 School Census conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

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Sustainable Development Goals for Social Development: What’s Sri Lanka’s Score?

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October 2017, under the theme “Answering the call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies.” The Sustainable Development Goals Framework is a transformative agenda which affirms that poverty is the greatest global challenge which must be overcome in order to realize sustainable development. Hence, this article reviews the relevance of the SDG Agenda to Sri Lanka’s national policy outlook, specifically in terms of reducing inequalities and attaining social development.

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Poverty and Access to Education: An Old Problem Affecting the Young Generation of Sri Lanka

Poverty is one of the main reasons children leave school early. This in turn increases the level of poverty, and worse, keeps the poor trapped in a poverty cycle. Education is the key to escaping this poverty trap. Thus, the author takes a closer look at how lives of the poor could be improved by keeping children in school.

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Unpaid Care Work: The Overlooked Barrier in Women’s Economic Empowerment

Over 75% of the world’s total unpaid care work is done by women. However, this work is largely excluded from national income accounts and macro-economic statistics. This has led to significant gaps in economic policymaking, both in Sri Lanka and around the world. This blog argues that recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid care work is vital to fostering economic growth, and closing gender gaps in the labour market.

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Achieving Food Security: A Plausible Reality or a Pipedream for Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has a long way to go when it comes to achieving food security for the nation. The Global Health Index (GHI) indicates a severe level of hunger in Sri Lanka. This blog examines the reasons for the lack of food security in Sri Lanka and gives policy recommendations to improve the situation.