Poverty Reduction

Sri Lanka is well-poised to significantly accelerate human development over the coming years, while making use of emerging opportunities and contending with existing challenges. Despite the three-decade war, the 2004 tsunami and the impact of the global recession, the country has achieved middle-income status and is on track to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty by 2015. However, variations exist at the regional level and between different socio-economic groups. The Uva, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces, in particular, which include many of the plantations, still suffer from high levels of poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

Our Goals

In line with the national MDG priorities, UNDP support in the area of poverty reduction is aimed at promoting equitable and sustainable pro-poor growth and addressing regional disparities, through awareness creation, improved data collection and strengthening of planning capabilities. In this area, much of UNDP’s support will be focused on policy support, institutional strengthening and systems development. more

Expanding livelihood and socio-economic conditions of communities

UNDP support in the area of poverty reduction is aimed at promoting equitable and sustainable pro-poor growth and addressing regional disparities, through awareness creation, improved data collection and strengthening of planning capabilitiesmore

Our Stories

Where Passion Promotes Economic Development

"Each morning I wake up excited about what is in store for me because each day is very different.” Under the EU funded SDDP, 25 Economic Development Officers (EDOs), were trained. Find out what its like to be an EDO? more 

Women at the Forefront of Business Expansion in Chili Production

If you’re considering a trip to the Northern Province, do consider visiting the UNDP-supported ‘Punkuduthivu Food Manufacturers’ to purchase spicy Jaffna Chillie Powder and meet Thamalini.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • EU Support to District Development Programme

    The European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) funded by the European Union is a 60-month Programme aimed at assisting Sri Lanka to make a transition from post-conflict assistance to reconstruction and development.more 

  • Northern Livelihood Development Project

    The Northern Livelihood Development Project (NLDP) aims to support conflict-affected communities particularly in Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu to strengthen their capacities to become self-sufficient through engagement in equitable livelihood opportunities.more 

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