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.

by Ramani Gunatilaka
Poverty and Social Welfare Series