Poverty and Vulnerability

Sri Lanka Grapples with Child Malnutrition despite Major Improvements in the Health Sector

Despite remarkable achievements in the health sector, malnutrition has been a persistent health challenge in Sri Lanka. More than 1 in 5 under-five year olds are underweight in the country. To break the vicious cycle of malnutrition in the country, Sri Lanka needs to go beyond health and look closer at the deep-rooted socio-economic factors which are transmitted from generation to generation in lower socio-economic groups.

Is Low Agricultural Productivity Keeping Batticaloa Poor?

  By Roshini Jayaweera (Research Officer – IPS) In considering issues of poverty in Sri Lanka, Batticaloa is conspicuous as a district that requires particular attention. In addition to being identified as the country’s poorest district in 2009/10, it is …

Budget 2011: Preliminary Observations on Reforms for Social Security

IPS research staff held an in-house discussion last week on the various proposals forwarded by the Budget 2011. This is the first in a series of posts containing some preliminary observations of the IPS researchers, and discusses the proposed reforms …

Better Targeting of Transfers: Samurdhi Programme

By Roshini Jayaweera, Research Officer – IPS 1. Introduction Arguably, one of the key constraints to the medium term stability of the Sri Lankan economy is the fiscal deficit. Whilst measures are being taken to address tax revenue aspects of …

Gemidiriya: A Model for Future Poverty Alleviation?

> Anneka de Silva, Jithendra Seneviratne and Ayodya Galappattige The Gemidiriya (village strength) Community Development and Livelihood Project was initiated in 2004 in response to the Sri Lankan government’s Poverty Alleviation Strategy of 2003. The project is based on the …