Annotated Bibliography of Microfinance in Sri Lanka (1980-2005)

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Ganga Tilakaratna
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Ayodya Galapattige
Thusitha Kumara

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955-8708-45-3

Published Year

2006

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Microfinance has attracted a great deal of international attention in recent years, as an effective tool for reducing poverty and improving welfare of households. In Sri Lanka, provision of financial services to the poor has a long history dating back to the early year of the twentieth century. Particularly during the last two decades, microfinance sector has expanded significantly, embracing all the sectors in the country namely governmental, non-governmental and co-operative sectors. Nevertheless, unavailability of proper records on the existing literature has constrained their access and dissemination to a large group of stakeholders in the microfinance sector. In the context, IPS made an effort to compile and document the details of the existing literature on microfinance in Sri Lanka published during 1980-2005. This ‘Annotated Bibliography’ contains details of over one hundred documents related to microfinance including books, reports, journal articles and papers presented at international and national conferences/workshops.

Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgement
  • Foreword
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Author Index

Foreword

Microfinance has attracted a great deal of international attention in recent years, as an effective tool for reducing poverty and improving welfare of households. In recognition of its importance, the United Nations General Assembly designated the year 2005 as the ‘International Year of Micro-Credit’ with the objective of raising public awareness of the importance of microfinance, supporting sustainable access to financial services by the poor, and promoting innovation and new partnerships to expand its outreach.

In Sri Lanka, provision of financial services to the poor has a long history dating back to the early year of the twentieth century. Particularly during the last two decades, microfinance sector has expanded significantly, embracing all the sectors in the country namely governmental, non-governmental and co-operative sectors. Currently, there is a wide range of institutions operating throughout the country including commercial and development banks, NGOs and co-operative societies that are involved in providing microfinance services to the poor.

With the increasing recognition of microfinance as a tool for empowering the poor and reducing poverty, the literature on microfinance services in Sri Lanka has been growing in recent decades. Nevertheless, unavailability of proper records on the existing literature has constrained their access and dissemination to a large group of stakeholders in the microfinance sector.

It is in the above context that the research team of the Poverty and Social Welfare Unit of IPS made an effort to compile and document the details of the existing literature on microfinance in Sri Lanka published during 1980-2005. This ‘Annotated Bibliography’ contains details of over one hundred documents related to microfinance including books, reports, journal articles and papers presented at international and national conferences/workshops. I am confident that this publication will be of immense use to all those who are interested in microfinance in Sri Lanka and in particular the practitioners of microfinance programmes, policy makers, the donor community, and academia.