The government of Sri Lanka has accorded highest priority to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the monitoring and evaluation process plays an important role in the national MDG agenda. DCS has been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing indicators for this task with UNDP funding.
Timely and accurate statistics on demographic and socio-economic aspects related to many dimensions of poverty and related subjects, is essential to establish a well functioning monitoring and evaluation system, for the tracking of MDG’s described by 51 indicators. In addition to the regular surveys and censuses of the Dept, a special survey was conducted in 2006/07 to collect information to bridge the data gaps to a certain extent. The following indicators were compiled to give district level estimates from the data thus collected.