Dissemination workshop on “Social Protection Index and Incorporation of Social Protection Module in Household Income and Expenditure Survey”

IPS organized a dissemination workshop on “Social Protection Index and Incorporation of Social Protection Module in Household Income and Expenditure Survey” with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila on 3rd August, at the IPS Conference Room.

IPS organized this workshop to disseminate the country results of the Social Protection Index (SPI) among the various stakeholders in social protection. The workshop also intended to disseminate the initiatives taken by the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka (DCS) to include social protection in its household surveys to improve the measurement of impact of social protection, under the technical assistance of ADB.

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the IPS delivered the opening remarks. Dr. Kelegama highlighted, that despite the reputation of the country for providing its citizens with a higher level of social protection, some gaps still remain in social protection policies that need to be revised, amended and enforced for better protection of the vulnerable groups. Sri Wening Handayani, Principal Social Development Specialist of the ADB, Manila, gave an “Overview of Social Protection Index” and made a presentation on Incorporating a Social Protection Module in Household Surveys,  which discussed the pilot programmes in three countries. Ayodya Galappattige, Research Officer of IPS presented the “Social Protection Index: Country Results – Sri Lanka” and Dilhanie Deepawansa, Statistician, DCS made a presentation on “Improving and Updating the Social Protection Information – Household Income and Expenditure (HIES).” The officials from key government agencies that implement various social protection programmes participated in the workshop.

The ADB is providing technical assistance for the Developing Member Countries in the Asia Pacific Region to strengthen social protection by building the capacity to measure, monitor, and analyze social protection systematically. The development of SPI is one of the objectives under this. Sri Lanka is one of the countries benefiting from this technical assistance and the IPS is engaged in updating and improving the SPI for Sri Lanka.