San Francisco and Colombo, December 2, 2008 — Today, The Asia Foundation announced the appointment of Meloney C. Lindberg as Deputy Country Representative in Sri Lanka, effective December 8. Ms. Lindberg brings 14 years of hands-on management experience in programs related to women, small grants administration, conflict resolution, and civil society development in Asia.
“Meloney is a seasoned development professional and manager who will bring her wealth of experience, sound judgment, and diplomatic skills to the Foundation’s operations in Sri Lanka,” said Nilan Fernando, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Sri Lanka. “Here, the Foundation focuses on strengthening subnational governance, access to justice, and community-based responses to conflict, and Meloney’s track record working in these areas with government and civil society partners and a host of donor agencies promises to help keep the Foundation’s programs on the leading edge of efforts to improve governance in Sri Lanka,” Fernando added.
Prior to becoming Deputy Country Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Lindberg was The Asia Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan since 2004, where she provided management and oversight of the Foundation’s largest country program with a budget of $30 million per annum and 170 staff and consultants. The Afghanistan program focuses on institutional strengthening of governance, civil society, education, and media. Ms. Lindberg made special contributions to the advancement of women and girls through education and pioneering initiatives that strengthened women’s rights within an Islamic perspective. She managed a ten-member team on a five-year project with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, providing support to put in place a temporary Afghan Government Media Center where journalists will have access to a fully-equipped center for press conferences and information on government priorities and policies, and oversaw a program to improve and streamline information and communications technology infrastructure in five key government ministries through the implementation of secure systems.
Ms. Lindberg first joined The Asia Foundation in 1994 as a program officer in Nepal, where she assisted in developing programs on women’s legal rights and pilot projects for community mediation and civic education. In 1998, Ms. Lindberg joined Development Alternatives, Inc. where she managed a study of women’s organizations in post-conflict settings for United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center for Development Information and Evaluation and was also the project director for a global small grants initiative focused on property and inheritance rights, women’s working conditions, and conservation-based income generating opportunities for women. In 2002, she rejoined The Asia Foundation in Manila as an Assistant Representative, where she developed new program ideas in the areas of Information and Communications Technology, e-governance, and corporate good governance.
Ms. Lindberg received her B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Ohio and her M.A. in International and Intercultural Management at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
The Asia Foundation’s programs in Sri Lanka date back to 1954 and have focused on supporting local efforts to: strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law; manage and resolve conflict; promote greater citizen participation in policymaking and governance; and improve the policy environment for broad-based economic growth. In Sri Lanka, the Foundation has been a pioneer in strengthening local government institutions, community-based legal services and mediation for the poor, and public-private partnerships to improve the business environment. To support proficiency in English and a culture of reading in Sri Lanka, the Foundation distributes approximately 80,000 new English-language books each year to schools and libraries throughout the country, many of them children’s books.
Read more about our projects in Sri Lanka.