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

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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 capabilities

Our Stories

  • Success of Women Entrepreneurs

    Ms. Murugamoorthy Calista Rosemary from Jaffna like many other women in the North began a small home based business in snack production, prior to the escalation of the conflict. This additional income helped her supplement the household income and provide essentially for her children’s education. more

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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