Samurdhi

Revamping Welfare: Is Aswesuma the Salvation Sri Lanka’s Poor Hoped for?

With the introduction of Aswesuma as a brand-new initiative targeting the poor and vulnerable, social protection in Sri Lanka has been a much-debated subject lately. Aswesuma primarily intends to overcome some key weaknesses of existing social protection programmes – at least on paper – but several challenges prevail. However, opinions regarding its capabilities to accomplish this remain ambiguous. The public has been protesting the scheme, and opposition party critics have called it an unfair political gimmick. Initially scheduled for disbursement in July 2023, the benefits for July finally commenced disbursement last Monday (28th August) for 800,000 beneficiaries. This blog delves into the key areas that warrant clarification, with the hope that authorities will address these concerns transparently.

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 …