Video: Sri Lanka National Human Development Report 2012

The UNDP recently launched the National Human Development Report 2012 for Sri Lanka recently, and in this video the Lead Author of the report, IPS Research Fellow Dr. Nisha Arunatilake talks about the main issues discussed in it.   IPS …

Facing the Fallout of a Possible ‘Grexit’ and a Euro Break-up: Time for Preparation for Developing Countries

As the European crisis led by Greece and Spain has significantly worsened over the last few months, the future of Europe seems ever more uncertain. With the decreasing possibility of a favorable outcome coming out of Europe, the impact of this crisis on the United States, China and emerging Asia is steadily increasing. Countries outside of the region have begun to plan ahead for a possible breakup of the European Union and all eyes seem to be on the EU at the moment – waiting to see how the situation will eventually manifest.

Emerging Health Challenges in Sri Lanka: More Money for Health and More Health for the Money

> By Samanthi Bandara, Research Officer – IPS In this second article marking World Health Day (7th April), Samanthi Bandara of the Health Economic Policy Unit of the IPS argues that as Sri Lanka grapples with emerging health challenges, like …

Access to Credit: Critical Issue for Conflict-Affected Enterprises

By Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer – IPS The IPS is collaborating with The Asia Foundation on their Local Economic Governance (LEG) project. This blog post captures some initial insights emerging from the ongoing field work. After being shackled by the …

Regulation of Microfinance Institutions: Is Sri Lanka Ready?

Regulation of microfinance has become a hot topic internationally in recent years, particularly NGO microfinance. In Sri Lanka too regulation of microfinance institutions (MFIs) has become a significant policy issue. A Microfinance Institutions Act was drafted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) with the consultation of different stakeholders, but is yet to become law. There is no questioning the importance of regulation and supervision for a healthy microfinance sector, which supports the delivery of financial services to the poor in a sustainable manner. But the question is whether the country is prepared to implement the desired level of regulation of microfinance