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.
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
Projects and Initiatives
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