IPS Carries Out Study on Public Spending on Nutrition in Sri Lanka

26 February 2020
Presidential Secretariat, Colombo

IPS Research Economist, Priyanka Jayawardena, recently carried out a study on public spending on nutrition in Sri Lanka, titled ‘Public Expenditure Review (PER) for Nutrition in Sri Lanka: Assessing Public Financing for Nutrition (2014–2018)’ as part of a World Bank programme.

Recognising that nutrition is a fundamental building-block in a child’s life and is the cornerstone of a child’s development into a healthy and productive adult, the report was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at an event organised by the UN, World Bank, and UNICEF, on 26 February 2020, at the Presidential Secretariat.

The study investigates public spending on nutrition in Sri Lanka with the primary purpose of understanding the level of public investments in nutrition, relative to the overall level of public expenditure in the country. The study also discusses whether the nutrition interventions supported by government budgetary spending are in line with global best practices and are priorities set out in national policies. It provides recommendations on how such assessments can be improved from lessons learnt on challenges and difficulties faced in the current analysis.