COLOMBO (Information 1st); A research has discovered that one out of six Sri Lankans, which is 16 p.c of the whole inhabitants, are multidimensionally poor.
The research is a part of the findings of Sri Lanka’s Nationwide Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which was launched in Colombo on Friday (28).
It was launched by UNICEF and the Division of Census and Statistics primarily based on knowledge from 2019.
Multidimensional poverty captures a spread of various disadvantages individuals in poverty expertise which can embrace lack of entry to scrub water, meals, sanitation, schooling or well being.
UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Noala Skinner stated the MPI is a crucial software to go with financial poverty measures, because it acknowledges the completely different phases of poverty and supplies a method of measurement.
She added that by systematically figuring out who’s poor and the way they’re poor, coverage makers can deal with the basis causes of their deprivations.
She burdened that the nationwide MPI is a vital software that must be up to date often to information coverage priorities.
Sri Lanka’s Youngster Multidimensional Poverty Index was additionally launched on Friday (28).
Director Common of the Division of Census and Statistics P. M. P. Anura Kumara talking on the occasion stated the Division plans to compile the Nationwide indexes each three years as common official statistics.
He stated it is going to be a strong software to eradicate poverty.
Highlighting key findings of the research Deputy Director (Statistics) of the Division of Census and Statistics D. Dilshanie Deepawansa stated the best multidimensional poverty is reported from the property sector, with practically half of the inhabitants dwelling within the estates being multidimensionally poor.
She additional stated that people who find themselves above 65 years are multidimensionally poor than different age cohorts.
Deepawansa stated when wanting on the distribution of multidimensional poverty index by districts, the least was recognized as 3.5 p.c within the Colombo district and it varies considerably with 44.2 p.c in Nuwara Eliya district.
She went on so as to add that amongst youngsters aged 0-4 years, 44.2 p.c are multidimensionally poor and disadvantaged in Sri Lanka.
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