Political uncertainty and tsunami damage will make it tougher for Sri Lanka to halve poverty

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Political uncertainty and tsunami damage will make it tougher for Sri Lanka to halve poverty by 2015 according to a UN agency. Political uncertainty and tsunami damage will make it tougher for Sri Lanka to halve poverty by 2015 according to a UN agency. Millennium Development Goals (MDG) agreed five years ago by the UN to help establish peace and security, human rights, good governance and reduce poverty.

Charitha Fernando spoke to Louise Chamberlain from the UNDP about Sri Lanka’s challenges in achieve these goals. Excerpts:-

Charitha Fernando: Sri Lanka’s Millennium Development Goals report says although we have done well in Education and Health we are still not on track to halve poverty by 2015, Why is this?


Louise Chamberlain: The assumption is because we invest in education and health it would automatically result in growth and development. But the link is more complicated than that. It is different to urban to rural to people. Gradually the rural poor fall behind. The conflict is one reason while there are other reasons -like the lack of structural attention to these problems.


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