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Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are added the following fiscal year.

Displaying 257 Projects

Projects : Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Maldives FY2012 Donors:

Australian Aid; British High Commission, in Sri Lanka; Canadian International Development Agency, via Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd.; Department for International Development, U.K. CHASE PPA; Hatton National Bank; Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA); National Development Bank; Sri Lanka Telecom; United States Agency for International Development; United States Department of State; United States Embassy, in Sri Lanka; The World Bank

FY2012 Expenditures (Sri Lanka and Maldives): $3,878,412 (Includes in-kind value of Books for Asia donations.)

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Asian Perspectives - The Economic Governance Index (EGI) and the Enterprise- Readiness of Local Governance in Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam

Panel discussion featuring Dr. Bruce Tolentino, The Asia Foundation's Director, Economic Reform and Development; Dr. Veronique Salze-Lozac'h, The Asia Foundation's Regional Economic Director in Cambodia; Dr. Eddy Malesky, Harvard Academy Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; and Dr. Neil McCulloch, The Asia Foundation's Director for Economic Programs in Indonesia. The panel discussed the Economic Governance Index, a tool pioneered and designed by the Foundation and used by local governments to determine how best to encourage private sector development in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

Establishment of Good Governance Resource Centers

Offices of Commissioners/Assistant Commissioners of Local Government ñ Anuradhapura District; Amparai District; Batticaloa District; Galle District; Hambantota District; Kandy District; Kurunegala District; Matara District; Nuwara Eliya District ; Polonnaruwa District; Trincomalee District; Uva Province

Mobile Libraries for Tsunami-Affected Communities

Establish mobile libraries with a selection of books in all three languages, audio visual equipment and other resources for use by tsunami-affected communities. Hambantota Pradeshiya Sabha; Hambantota Urban Council; Hikkaduwa Pradeshiya Sabha; Kattankudy Urban Council; Thirukkovil Pradeshiya Sabha.


Access to Local-level Justice in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka

Strengthening and expanding local-level justice mechanisms in the conflict-affected North and East through support for community mediation.

Local Partners:

Ministry of Justice; Centre for Mediation and Mediation Training; Sarvodaya Legal Services Movement; Viluthu-Centre for Human Resource Development; Sri Lanka Police Service; Group Action For Social Order; Eastern Self Reliant Community Awakening Organization; Rural Economic & Community Development Organization; University of Colombo, Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre


Books for Asia

Acquisition and distribution of 115,963 books to 1,179 schools, universities, public libraries, and other institutions throughout Sri Lanka.


Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumers in South Asia (COENCOSA) Phases 1 & 2

Conducting a study to highlight the gains that would accrue to consumers of five South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) from enhanced regional trade integration. Presenting major findings of the study at a regional meeting in Kathmandu in February 2012. Building upon the results of the research, deciding that next phase activities would be result- and action-oriented, focusing on procedural non-tariff barriers and on awareness raising, including media coverage, networking and advocacy within each of the five countries and across the concerned countries.


DFID Partnership Program Agreement: Conflict and Security Programs

Regional partnership with the Department for International Development, U.K. (DFID), including seven countries (Pakistan, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Thailand, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka), that is working to improve state-society relations in conflict-affected areas throughout the region. Helping to reduce mistrust and alienation between conflict-affected communities and state authorities. Strengthening and expanding locally driven efforts to improve governance and resolve disputes. Contributing to improved understanding of aid effectiveness in conflict-affected and fragile states.


Developing a Framework for Social Audits

Developing social accountability tools to make local government service delivery more accountable and responsive to citizens' priorities.

Local Partners:

Ministry of Economic Development; Commissioner of Local Government – North and East


Emerging Leaders of Influence

Undertaking a public perception survey to understand the roles of religion, religious leaders, and religious institutions in Sri Lankan communities.

Local Partners:

The Nielsen Company Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.; University of Colombo, Social Policy Analysis & Research Centre


Improving Elections and Strengthening Democracy in South Asia

Strengthening capacity in the South Asia region for advocacy, voter education, and election observation. Improving the quality of planned and unplanned elections in Sri Lanka by providing sub-grants for voter education.

Local Partners:

People's Alliance for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL); Federation of Sri Lanka Local Government Authorities (FSLGA)



Supporting a six-month volunteer service program to introduce youth of Sri Lankan heritage to social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka through customized professional placements in Sri Lankan government and non-governmental institutions.

Local Partners:

Centre for Poverty Analysis; Sri Lanka English Language Teachers Association; Ministry of Justice; Neelan Thiruchelvam Trust; Sri Lanka Unites; Nielsen Company Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.; Women in Need


Leaders of Influence Program in the Republic of Maldives

Facilitating dialogue and cooperation between religious and social leaders and government officials to address national development challenges and priorities. Increasing the capacity of religious and community leaders to promote democratic values within the context of Maldivian Islam and to reduce gang violence by encouraging commitment among targeted communities and groups to more positive civic values.

Local Partners:

Centre for the Holy Quran; Maldives Institute of Psychological Services, Training and Research; Maldives National University; Ministry of Islamic Affairs


Local Economic Governance (LEG)

Promoting private sector participation in subnational level local government initiatives that improve revenue generation, increase efficiency of public service delivery mechanisms, and promote tourism development in selected locations in the Eastern Province.

Local Partners:

Akkaraipattu Municipal Council; Batticaloa Municipal Council; Centre for Information and Resource Management; Ministry of Local Government & Provincial Councils; Kalmunai Urban Council; Trincomalee Urban Council

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