As of 2016, Sri Lanka's poverty headcount ratio stood at 4.1% - this indicates that approximately 844,000 people are in poverty based on a National Poverty Line of Rs. 4,166. Research suggests that if this poverty line is increased by 20%, the headcount ratio doubled, indicating a significant near-poor population who are vulnerable to shocks that could shift them back into poverty. The country also experiences significant disparities, with certain regions consistently facing higher levels of poverty than the rest, pointing towards deep-rooted structural issues.
1.1By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
1.4By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
1.5By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
1.aEnsure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
1.bCreate sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions