Poverty

Post-conflict Growth: Making it Inclusive

> The IPS launched its ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2011’ report yesterday (19th October 2011) at its first Annual National Conference at the IPS Auditorium, in the presence of two Senior Ministers of the Cabinet. This year’s report …

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 …

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 …

The Sri Lankan Economy in the New Decade: What are the Policy Priorities?

The last decade was one of significant challenges for the Sri Lankan economy. It began with the economic contraction of 2001 (1.5% GDP contraction), following drought, terrorist attacks, the tsunami in December 2004, and finally, the global financial and economic …