Dec 17, 2017

Samurdhi, not an efficient transfer programme - WB Featured

A World Bank review of Sri Lanka’s poverty alleviation Samurdhi programme has concluded that based on the empirical analysis of the distributional outcomes, Samurdhi does not emerge as an efficient transfer programme.

It is modestly successful in reaching the intended beneficiaries, but it transfers a large portion of its resources to the non-poor, the WB says.

“Sri Lanka’s main safety net programme, Samurdhi suffers from poor targeting and benefit adequacy,” it says.

The WB goes onto say that overall, poverty rates in the Sri Lanka have been reduced since the programme started in 1995.

On the other hand, the main failure of the programme has been in the targeting of beneficiaries.

It has been criticised for having a bias in the distribution of resources, and thus failing to address the population in most need of support, while providing aid to households that do not fit the poverty criteria:

The WB observed that Samurdhi did not have a reliable monitoring methodology and no system of accountability and transparency embedded in the design of the transfer programme.

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