Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment, Business Development and Underutilized State Resources Development State Minister Shehan Semasinghe said that it is imperative that the country underpins its policies and interventions using data and evidence in the 2020 global report on the Multidimensional Poverty Index.
“This is a key to ensuring that Sri Lanka harnesses the COVID-19 crisis to leap forward towards the aspirations of our national policy framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the State Minister said.
The 2020 global report on the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) entitled ‘Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs’ was launched recently in Colombo.
It says 4.1 per cent of the population in Sri Lanka live below the National poverty line, with 14.3 per cent vulnerable to multidimensional poverty.
Multidimensional poverty, assessed in the report jointly produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human