This monograph contains three studies carried out by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in Sri Lanka, with an objective to contribute to the understanding of the dynamics of poverty in the region. The monograph focuses on three specific structural injustices affecting and fostering Sri Lankan poverty situation – unequal access to capital, land and quality education. It contextualises Sri Lankan strategies in addressing these issues and recommends different measures that can be adopted by the government in order to empower the poor. The authors argue that though Sri Lanka had made significant progress towards eradicating poverty compared to other SAARC countries, poverty continues to shadow the country’s achievements. The monograph suggests that there is a need to integrate the unique interventions in order to address the problem of poverty within a holistic framework.
Contributors: Ganga Tilakaratna, Parakrama Amarenath Samaratunga, Ruwan Jayathilaka, Dilhani Marawila, Ayodya Galappattige and Ramali Perera