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Providing Knowledge Services in a Challenging Environment: Experiences of Practical Answers Sri Lanka

Author:

Chandrika Kularathna

Practical Answers Sri Lanka, Practical Action Sri Lanka, LK
About Chandrika
Chandrika Kularathna is the manger online knowledge services of the Practical Answers Sri
Lanka project of Practical Action. She started her carrier as a communications officer at Practical Action Sri Lanka. Thereafter she served as a content developer and coordinator of the resource centre in the same institution. Chandrika holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies from the University of Colombo and a r degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya. She is currently reading for the Master
degree in Library and Information Science at National Institute of Library and information science, University of Colombo.
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Abstract

Financial sustainability is a key challenge which any donor funded knowledge sharing service as “Practical Answers Sri Lanka” has to face inevitably. Most institutions running with donor funds tend to discontinue the affiliated knowledge services or reduce the funding allocations considering them as cost entities. Hence it is very important to investigate innovative strategies, ownership models and unique management systems to ensure financial sustainability, while continuing to maximize the expected social impact through sharing knowledge. Financial sustainability is a challenge which Practical Answers Sri Lanka is striving to address in the long term. Practical Answers Sri Lanka adopted a new strategy to expand its vital services while moving the organizations towards self-sufficiency. In this paper the author presents the experiences of Practical Answers Sri Lanka in the process of transformation towards a sustainable knowledge sharing service.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v5i2.7154

Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management Vol.5(2) 2013: 1-9

How to Cite: Kularathna, C., (2014). Providing Knowledge Services in a Challenging Environment: Experiences of Practical Answers Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management. 5(2), pp.1–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v5i2.7154
Published on 21 Jul 2014.

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