THREE months have passed since the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation adopted the Dhaka Declaration pledging to alleviate poverty drastically in the region. However, the United Nations University on South Asian Perspectives, in Colombo, says nothing much has been done.

SAARC leaders propose to identify what more needs to be done to tackle poverty in the region and SAARC countries have agreed to adopt pro-poor plans harmonised with the ongoing process of structural adjustment.