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Multi-dimensional poverty among Samurdhi welfare recipients in Badulla district, Sri Lanka

[working paper]

Sanjeewanie, K.I H.; Silva, Nilakshi de; Shivakumaran, Shivapragasam

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Corporate Editor Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network
Abstract This paper is an application of multidimensional poverty data to the policy need to improve the effectiveness of the national social protection programme, Samurdhi, in Sri Lanka. This paper argues that any programme aiming to promote people out of poverty, needs to be based on a good understanding of the nature of poverty among the target group. To this end, data from a pilot survey in the Badulla District, Sri Lanka, is used to compare Samurdhi households with non Samurdhi households in relation to deprivation in multiple dimensions. The analysis finds that Samurdhi households are deprived in the dimensions of quality of employment, dignity and psychological and subjective wellbeing, which have practical implications for the design and delivery of Samurdhi.
Keywords Sri Lanka; combating poverty; social policy; deprivation; empowerment; well-being; developing country; South Asia
Classification Social Security; Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Free Keywords employment; shame and humiliation; psychological and subjective wellbeing
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages 38 p.
Series PMMA Working Paper, 2012-03
Status Primary Publication; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications