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

  • Women venture into new markets using local resources

    Mrs. Bernatheth is a 53 year old widow with three children living below an income of Rs. 3,200 per month. Although she has received government and donor support for the construction of her house destroyed during the war, she has been unable to complete the remaining construction work due to her low income. At times, she had had to depend on her children dropping out of school to help her earn an income through casual labour.more

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  • Strengthening Community Service Organizations in Batticaloa District

    I have been living in the Ilupaddcihenai village for the last 18 years. I have 9 members in my family including 4 sons and 3 daughters. My house was very small and I faced many difficulties living in the small cottage with all my family members,” says 45 years old Supramaniyam Nesakumar. According to Nesakumar he and his family were pushed into a life of poverty and hardship because of the multiple displacements in his areamore

Projects and Initiatives

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UNDP in Sri Lanka
UNDP and Sri Lanka: Partners for a New Era

As UNDP Sri Lanka moves into a new programme cycle in 2013, this publication captures the key achievements and way forward

Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012

Titled, ‘Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development’, the 2012 Sri Lanka Human Development Report, assesses the health, education, employment and governance sectors, and puts forth a set of policy recommendations to help overcome gaps