Dec 01, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka National Development Bank (NDB) was recognised with the ˜Banker Financial Inclusion Award 2014’ of the Banker Magazine UK at a ceremony in London recently, the bank said in a media statement. The award is conferred to only one global victor each year, recognizing its efforts towards promoting financial inclusion. The Banker is the world’s premier banking and finance resource monthly magazine owned by the Financial Times in the United Kingdom and is read in over 180 countries.

Beyond the prestige and honour, for us, being the sole global recipient of the accolade is an affirmation of our innovative and comprehensive efforts towards promoting the national cause of livelihood development at grass root level; empowering communities, households and individuals in Sri Lanka through aggressive geographic expansion while extending meaningful micro-financing solutions such as ‘NDB Divi Aruna’. Rajendra Theagarajah, NDB Chief Executive Officer said.

NDB introduced the ˜Divi Aruna’ (Awakening of lives’) scheme in 2010, aimed at developing livelihood for prospective micro/ small scale entrepreneurs who would usually not come within the mainstream of banking.

The scheme that wa