Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To protect and promote the rights of the elderly.

Programme components
Unconditional cash transfer.
References
Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Start date
2012
References
Personal communication
Conditionalities (if any)
No conditionalities.
Coverage
386,083 beneficiaries (2017).
References
Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare.2017. “Progress Report 2017”. <https://socialemwelfare.gov.lk/web/images/content_image/pdf/progress/progress_17_en.pdf > Accessed 17 January 2019.
Programme expenditure
LKR 9,266.0 million (2016).
References
World Bank 2016. ‘Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR53.7 million (US$75 million equivalent) to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for a Social Safety Nets Project’, World Bank, <http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/285991480906853560/pdf/Project-Appraisal-Document-Final-submitted-to-SECPO-11112016.pdf>. Accessed 18 May 2018.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
[1] World Bank 2016. ‘Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR53.7 million (US$75 million equivalent) to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for a Social Safety Nets Project’, World Bank, <http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/285991480906853560/pdf/Project-Appraisal-Document-Final-submitted-to-SECPO-11112016.pdf>. Accessed 18 May 2018. [2] Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Targeted areas
Nationwide.
Target groups
Elderly.
References
[1] UNESCAP 2015. ‘Income Security for Older Persons in Sri Lanka’, SDD-SPPS Project Working Paper Series. <http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/SDD%20Working%20Paper%20Ageing%20Income%20Sri%20Lanka%20v3.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018. [2] Arruda, P.; Markhof, Y.; Franciscon, I.; Silva, W. and Bilo, C. 2020. Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective. Research Report No. 46. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia. < https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/RR46_Overview_of_non_contributory_social_protection_programmes.pdf>. Accessed 22 February 2021.
Eligibility criteria
Senior Citizens over 70 years old, and whose monthly income is below Rs. 3000.00.
References
Ministry of Finance. State Ministry of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self Employment Business Development. 2021. Services for Elders. <https://socialemwelfare.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=150&lang=en#senior-citizen-allowance-for-strengthen-elderly>. Accessed 23 February 2021.

Coverage and other information

Contribution type and amount
No contributions.
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
LKR 2,000 per month.
References
Ministry of Finance. State Ministry of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self Employment Business Development. 2021. Services for Elders. <https://socialemwelfare.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=150&lang=en#senior-citizen-allowance-for-strengthen-elderly>. Accessed 23 February 2021.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly.
References
Ministry of Finance. State Ministry of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self Employment Business Development. 2021. Services for Elders. <https://socialemwelfare.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=150&lang=en#senior-citizen-allowance-for-strengthen-elderly>. Accessed 23 February 2021.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Annual Achievements and Performance Report available on the website of the Ministry of Empowerment and Social Welfare.
References
Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare. 2018.”Progress Reports” <https://socialemwelfare.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27&Itemid=158&lang=en> Accessed 17 January 2019.
Legal Framework
Protection of the Rights of Elders Act No. 9 (2000) Amendement of Act No. 9 by Act No.5 (2011)
References
[1] Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare.2017. “Progress Report 2017”. <https://socialemwelfare.gov.lk/web/images/content_image/pdf/progress/progress_17_en.pdf > Accessed 17 January 2019. [2] Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare.2016. “Achievements 2016”. <https://socialemwelfare.gov.lk/web/images/pdf/2016-12-05/achiev_16_en.pdf>. Accessed 18 January 2019.
MIS
MIS and central social registry under construction on the intitiave of the National Policies & Economic Affairs Ministry in 2015 and administrated by the Department of Project management and Monitoring (DPMM) . Support from the Wolrd Bank funded Social Safety Nets Project (SSNP) and the Ministry of Finance. In April 2018 the system integrated already information on beneficiaries from 24 welfare programmes.
References
Lanka Business Online (LBO). 24 April 2018.“New Social Registry MIS to reduce welfare cost in Sri Lanka” <http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/new-social-registry-mis-to-reduce-welfare-cost-in-sri-lanka/> Accessed 17 January 2019.