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Welcome to CEPA - Sri Lanka

The Centre for
Poverty Analysis (CEPA)

CEPA is an independent, Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty. CEPA strives to contribute to influencing poverty-related development policy, at national, regional, sectoral, programme and project levels.

The Centre for Poverty Analysis was established in May of 2001 by nine Sri Lankan professionals working on poverty related issues. CEPA is registered as a company limited by guarantee under Sri Lanka's Companies Act 17 of 1982, on 24th April 2001 and re-registered under the Companies Act No.7 of 2007 on 28th July 2008. CEPA carries out a range of client services that includes; research, consultancy, evaluation and training.
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Poverty in Sri Lanka

The monetary poverty in Sri Lanka, measured through the Household Income and Expenditure (HIE) Surveys by the Department of Census and Statistics, has shown a declining trend over the years. Global studies assess that COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in poverty and it is likely to be the same in Sri Lanka. The most recent HIE Survey was carried out in 2019 but the results have not been published. As the survey was carried out prior to the Covid-19 related closures in Sri Lanka, the survey results will not reflect the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on poverty in Sri Lanka.

Poverty head count ratio - Sectors

Poverty head count ratio - Sri lanka