Video: Empowering Sri Lanka's Southern Provinces To Plan Their Own Development Paths

    Although in the process of becoming a middle-income country, about 50 percent of Southern Sri Lanka and seven percent of the overall population live below the poverty line. The government launched a program known as "Gemi Diriya' or "Strength of Villages" to empower rural communities to improve their livelihoods and quality of life. Since 2004, more than 200,000 households in 1,034 villages in the poorest districts have garnered a wide range of benefits.