I. About CBMS- Sri Lanka

Year Pilot-tested

CBMS Coverage Area

Colombo and Hambantota


There is a lack of adequate empirical data on patterns and causes of poverty in Sri Lanka. Both hinder efforts to identify innovative poverty alleviation approaches. There is also a limited knowledge on the dynamics of poverty. Any program aiming to reduce poverty in Sri Lanka depends not only on national and regional  level statistics, but also on better empirical information from the grass root level as well.

The community-based monitoring system (CBMS) project in Sri Lanka aims to identify and pilot test appropriate methodologies for community based poverty monitoring in selected locations and to improve indicators for measuring chronic and transient forms of poverty and their causes. CBMS data, which complement national level data, will support the improvement of state policies and programs for poverty alleviation in Sri Lanka. The CBMS project also aims to identify institutional mechanism that will support the built-up of a longitudinal database on poverty issues at the local level and to link such exercises to decentralized forms of regional and local development planning and monitoring.

Project Activities

  • Conduct of complete community-based poverty monitoring (CBPM) survey in two locations: Colombo (urban sector) and Hambantota (rural sector). In each location approximately 400 households will be interviewed
  • Analysis and interpretation of data via tables and GIS maps
  • Conduct of a training workshop on GIS for poverty monitoring
  • Assessment of possible institutional linkages between Sri Lankan Universities and local government authorities/ community-based organizations
  • Stakeholder workshop with presentation of results and proposal for long-term institutionalization of CBPM approach in Sri Lanka

II. Institutional Partners


The CBMS work in Sri Lanka is being implemented by the Institute of Policy Studies in collaboration with the "Improving Capacities for Poverty and Social Policy Research" (IMCAP) Program of the University of Colombo. The IMCAP Program aims to build up expertise through applied research and teaching programs on poverty, social policy and other other development- related issues within Sri Lankan Universities. It facilitates linkages between academic research with practitioners and policy makers and supports efforts to provide qualified social science graduates with employment in the development sector. It has three components, namely a Resource Unit with up-to-date information and advisory service on IMCAP's focal areas, various teaching and training activities for University lecturers and students, and provision of guidance for applied research with main focuses on community based poverty dynamics, youth and gender studies, and peace and support for applied research focusing on conflict impact assessment of development interventions in Sri Lanka.

III. Forms, Papers, and Reports


Conference Papers

IV. Contact Information

Inquiries regarding CBMS-Sri Lanka may be sent to:

Dr. Markus Mayer/ Prof. S.T. Hetige
CBMS Sri Lanka Principal Project Coordinators
Address:  c/o IMCAP Resource Unit-Faculty of Arts
               University of Clolombo- Colombo 03- Sri Lanka
Tel#:       0094-11-258-9382
Fax #:     0094-11-500-452
Email:      imcap@eureka.lk; shettige@hotmail.com

Research Team Members
Nishara Fernando
Sonali Seneratne Sellamuttu
Hartmut Fuenfgeld
Anton Piyarathne



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