Credit-Based, Participatory Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Sri Lanka: What Have We Learned?

Research team

Ramani Gunatilaka




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July 1997


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The principal objective of this study is to evaluate some of the key credit-based, participatory poverty alleviation strategies implemented by both the government and NGOs. Important questions raised are the extent to which social mobilization efforts have succeeded in empowering the poor, and how successful have credit programmes been in reducing the vulnerability of poor households and in providing capital for micro enterprise development. Project management issues such as the capacity to monitor, evaluate and assess programme impact, and the extent to which programs are integrated and coordinated, are also looked at. The study aims to highlight the best practices which have the potential for replication, and where results have fallen short of expectations, tried to identify the causes and suggested modifications to programme design that may help in achieving success in the future.

Table of Contents:

Executive Summary
Part I: Mobilization and Empowerment
Part II: Savings and Credit
Part III: Microenterprise Development
Part IV: Project Performance Management
Part V: Lessons Learned
Appendix Table A
Appendix Table B