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THE CONTRIBUTION OF SPATIAL PLANNING TO REDUCE THE POVERTY DISPARITY IN SRI LANKA

Abstract

Sri Lanka experiences a satisfied growth rate but still one fifth of the population is living below the poverty line.  In Sri Lanka the total poverty ratio is declining from 26.1% in 1991to 22.7% in 2002. But in spatial analysis there is a great disparity in the number of people below the poverty line. The results indicate that there is a relationship between the spatial distribution of poverty and the provincial contribution to the GDP. The sector wise contribution of the GDP indicates only two sectors i.e. the service and the industrial emerges while the agriculture sector declines.  Hence it is evident that the intervention of planning on the sectors is essential that needs immediate attention. The study basically based on the secondary data and the data were analyzed in cross tabulations and in graphical formats to draw conclusions.  Also the data were analyzed through maps where ever necessary.

Keywords: Spatial planning, Development, poverty, Economic growth

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Author Biography

N.C. Wickramaarachchi

Lecturer,Department of Estate Management and Valuation,Faculty of Management Studies & Commerce,University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Nugegoda