Five years after the war ended in 2009, people have returned home to the former conflict areas in Sri Lanka’s North and East to face post-war issues. USAID supports a variety of social services including psycho-social support, assistance reuniting children with their families, rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, skills training for youth, and employment opportunities for war widows and female heads of households. Whereas during the immediate aftermath of the war and tsunami USAID supported international and local partners that provided these services, USAID’s strategy has evolved in this post-crisis and post-war era to focus on sustainability of these services.
USAID, with its partner organizations, is in the process of transferring management of many of these services to the Government of Sri Lanka and strengthening local organizations’ fundraising capabilities and management skills to ensure continued service delivery as donor funding decreases.
Last updated: February 20, 2015