The Poverty Portal initiated by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) in 2007, is an on-line platform for practitioners, researchers and students to obtain macro and micro level information on poverty in Sri Lanka using a variety of innovative and interactive features. The prime objective of the Portal is to facilitate wide scale dissemination of information, and encourage informed decision and policy making practices. The Portal's growing resource base holds over 850 published and grey resources, over 500 maps, and a range of applications that encourage dissemination of data and resources. It also provides opportunities for networking, greater sharing of information and discussion of issues. Further, providing information in local languages has increased access to a wider audience transcending language barriers. The portal currently has 15 partner organizations through the Poverty Portal Network. The ‘maps and stats’ section is a supplementary tool on the Poverty Portal that provides an enhanced presentation of poverty mapping in both Sri Lanka and the region using state generated and CEPA collected data. The site has a range of resources including maps, graphical presentations and data tabulations. The’ maps and stats’ component is a navigation tool providing spatial poverty characteristics that generate regional poverty profiles down to Divisional Secretariat levels. This section enables members to perform aerial and thematic searches to improve awareness on information gaps between national and regional poverty in Sri Lanka. Based on secondary data, maps have been generated on two provinces in Sri Lanka; Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and will also include data and graphical presentations from the Eastern province in 2011. In addition, it includes micro data on urban poverty and multidimensional poverty themes using CEPA's own work. Further, it also features a library of maps and statistics aimed at providing access to data and thereby greater understanding of poverty related issues for better informed decision making at the policy level.

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