Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 4(4), pp. 182 - 189
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2016.040404
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Aid Effectiveness of Economics Development Initiatives of Sevanagala and Kebithigollewa Divisions Secretariat Divisions (DSDs): Are They Sustainable, Inclusive and Equitable?


Chatura Rodrigo *
Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka

ABSTRACT

Sri Lanka is a middle income country with a gross domestic production of about $ 50 billion. The human development index places Sri Lanka at the 97th position. Gender Inequality Index (GII) rank Sri Lanka at 74. The Gini index has reduced from 46 in 1995 to 40.3 in 2007; however, the economic inequalities are severe among rural areas. There is a significant discrepancy between the gender in terms of economic opportunities and economic status. The majority of Sri Lanka's workforce resides in rural areas and is engaged in agricultural activities. A significant share of the agricultural production is still used for self-sufficiency. Economic performance and poverty are not evenly spread across the nine provinces in Sri Lanka and serious regional disparities exist. Despite the many interventions by donor community and the government, there is a growing debate on the effectiveness of these aids on reducing the poverty of the rural Sri Lanka and ensuring sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth. This study looked at Uva and North Central provinces where the poverty rates are extremely high while donor interventions on economic development are high as well. Level of success derived from donor funded economic development projects vary based on the duration of the project where some instances such as adaptation to new and environmentally friendly agriculture farming methods are only being introduced through long term projects yet failing to motivate the youth. There are disparities among the women headed households in receiving the livelihood supports both short and long term. While male headed households are more successful in utilizing economic development initiatives to ensure their livelihoods, female headed households have failed to do so.

KEYWORDS
Economic Development, Gender, Long and Short Term Aid Programs

Cite this paper
Chatura Rodrigo . "Aid Effectiveness of Economics Development Initiatives of Sevanagala and Kebithigollewa Divisions Secretariat Divisions (DSDs): Are They Sustainable, Inclusive and Equitable?." Advances in Economics and Business 4.4 (2016) 182 - 189. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2016.040404.