Voluntary Social Service Organizations Act No. 31

Sri Lanka

(enacted in 1980)

Voluntary Social Service Organizations Act No. 31 of 1980 regulates the constitution, registration, and supervision of voluntary social service organizations, including microfinance non-government organizations (NGOs).

This law covers the following topics:

  • Appointment of officers;
  • Organizations that are required to be registered;
  • Registration process;
  • Evidence of registration;
  • Address of organization;
  • Powers of registrar;
  • Board of Inquiry oversight and regulatory powers;
  • Penalty for non compliance with this act; and
  • Interpretation.