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Dimensions of Rural Poverty in Sri Lanka: An Attempt to Identify the Crucial Aspects of Well-being of the Rural Poor

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WM Semasinghe

Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Kelaniya, LK
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Abstract

As a multidimensional phenomenon poverty is defined and measured in a multitude of ways using different criteria. Poverty assessment therefore focuses not only on the lack of material deprivation but also on the deprivation of non-tangible services such as education, health and shelter. Identification of the dimensions of poverty in a specific setting is crucial for poverty analysis and designing targeted poverty reducing programs. But there is no consensus among researchers and policy makers on this issue. Poverty has been much discussed recently in the Sri Lankan context, as in many other developing countries. Most of the analysis focused solely on the identification of incidence and trends of poverty based on a uni-dimensional approach. Methodical attempts to observe poverty are rare. The main purpose of this paper therefore is to identify the 'core dimensions' of rural poverty and the essential aspects of well-being and poverty. Qizilbash's 'core poor' framework was applied in the analysis.

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(1) July 2009

How to Cite: Semasinghe, W., 2009. Dimensions of Rural Poverty in Sri Lanka: An Attempt to Identify the Crucial Aspects of Well-being of the Rural Poor. Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1).
Published on 12 Jul 2009.
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