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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

The end of the 26-year conflict has provided Sri Lanka with a unique opportunity to establish a just and lasting peace. To that end, USAID and the people of Sri Lanka are working together to:

  • Ensure equitable service delivery to all communities
  • Build the management and planning capacity of Sri Lankan organizations
  • Support civic leaders and civil society organizations engagement on targeted issues, including human rights
USAID takes a holistic approach for social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities.  Credit: Handicap International
USAID takes a holistic approach for social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities. Credit: Handicap International
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USAID supports the transition to a stable, post-conflict society in Sri Lanka that benefits members of all ethnic groups. As the island nation consolidates its status as a middle-income country, USAID’s democracy and governance programs strive to help all Sri Lankans enjoy the benefits of rapid post-war economic growth. This is carried out by facilitating citizen engagement on basic service delivery, fostering inter-community reconciliation and promoting social equity through a range of programs.

  • USAID provided legal advice to over 1,000 citizens and trained 87 lawyers on drafting legal arguments and pre-trial procedures in civil litigation.
  • USAID trained 1,500 people from multi-ethnic communities in Tamil, Sinhala and English languages, helping them better communicate with one another.  
  • USAID trained 42 local authorities in the Eastern Province and bordering areas on participatory planning and financial management. This training helped them obtain World Bank grants to conduct development projects in their districts.
  • USAID engaged some 413 religious leaders from four faith groups in 20 interfaith dialogues, establishing a network for social harmony in the Eastern Province.
     
  • USAID awarded 35 scholarships to students from the North and East for the 2012 Sri Lanka Journalism Diploma Program, empowering local communities, promoting professional collaboration across ethnic lines and encouraging dialogue.
     
  • USAID assisted 1,200 people who were affected by gender-based violence, providing support that included health and legal assistance, psycho-social counseling, shelters and hotlines.
     

Last updated: June 30, 2014

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