Sri Lanka Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2005
This report provides a preliminary assessment of how Sri Lanka’s people are faring with respect to the range of social indicators that comprise the MDGs. There are about 5 million people living in poverty in Sri Lanka, perhaps more. Because of the internal war, there are no exact figures for the population in eight districts of the country, and the surveys used to capture incidence of poverty have not yet reached all areas.
Although Sri Lanka has achieved considerable success in the improvement of non-income poverty, it is less clear the success with regard to reducing income poverty. Presently 23% of the population lies below the national poverty line. With this challenge ahead the country is presently following a pro-poor, pro-growth development strategy towards poverty reduction.