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Sri Lanka

Asia Foundation programs in Sri Lanka improve subnational governance and the enabling environment for economic growth, increase access to justice, promote gender equality, foster social cohesion and community dialogue, strengthen civil society, and support the well-being and resilience of individuals and communities.

Dinesha de Silva,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – Sri Lanka

30/1 Bagatalle Road
Colombo 3, Sri Lanka

Tel: + 94 (11) 205-8701
Email: [email protected]

Psychosocial counseling support

In partnership with the government health sector and nongovernment organizations, The Foundation’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support reached survivors of trauma and trained mental health and psychosocial care providers. The Foundation also funded longstanding local partner Women in Need, through its Gender and Justice program, to remotely carry out services during lockdowns to work with victims of domestic violence online and via mobile phones.

Gender-sensitive police stations

Even years after the end of armed conflict more has to be done to strengthen the relationship between communities and the police, particularly in conflict-affected areas. Officers still struggle to inspire and build public trust in policing. With support from the British High Commission, we have contributed significantly to wide-ranging police reforms with technical support from Police Scotland, with an emphasis on addressing gender-based violence and promoting gender equality within the force. Hundreds of officers-in-charge of local police stations throughout the country participated in training on community policing. In addition, a national workshop on responding to gender-based violence and effective referral services was conducted for all 42 divisional commanders of the Children and Women’s Bureau, followed by a series of district-level workshops to facilitate implementation at the district level.

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