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Many countries use multidimensional approaches to determine eligibility for social assistance programmes. However, monetary-based metrics remain a key tool used for measure poverty. It is crucial to understand the linkages between the two, to understand how best to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the social assistance programmes. This paper looks to explore the relationship between the 22-indicator deprivation score used in Sri Lanka to determine eligibility for its key social assistance programme, Aswesuma, and the national poverty line, measured using per capita consumption expenditure, drawing on a nationally representative survey. It concludes that the deprivation score has a positive, but weak to moderate, relationship with expenditure-based poverty, and discusses implications for policymakers.
Suggested citation: Hurulle, G., Amarasinghe, T., Habaragamuwa, N. & Galpaya, H. (2023) Relationship between monetary poverty and multidimensional social assistance eligibility criteria in Sri Lanka. LIRNEasia.Download PDF Email