Sri Lanka

Two years after Sri Lanka’s historic 2015 elections ushered in a coalition government with a strong political mandate to pursue good governance, accountability, and reconciliation, citizens here remain hopeful that their expectations for broad-based reform will be fulfilled. The Asia Foundation is committed to sustaining peace and prosperity in Sri Lanka by strengthening institutions of governance, security, and justice. We are working to promote inclusive economic growth and development, particularly at the subnational level; to advance local democracy and access to justice; to help communities and individuals recover from trauma and violence; and to promote citizens’ participation in the decisions that affect their communities.

Seeking Wellbeing and Professionalizing Care in Sri Lanka

In 2009, Sri Lanka saw the end of a 26 year-long civil war that impacted the socio-political landscape, raising a range of psychosocial issues for communities throughout the country. The Asia Foundation’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Program began in 2005 with the support of USAID and today is a partnership with both state and NGO sectors. Counseling services in the country are offered by several ministries and provided by counselors from different academic and cultural backgrounds, levels of training and schools of thought. Given this setting, the Foundation introduced the Continuing Professional Development program on “formalizing counseling processes” to bring the counselors of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and the Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare onto a common platform. This photo essay showcases their voices, as well as changes that have come about in their own lives through their work.

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