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August 17, 2018

In early 2018, Sri Lanka — an island nation off India’s southern tip — watched in anticipation as the results of the first local government elections since an historic mandate was approved the year before requiring 25 percent of locally-elected government officials be women.

The result: a changed political landscape with nearly 2,000 women elected to local council seats, taking an impressive 23 percent of local elected seats compared to the less than 2 percent of seats they held just a few years ago.

July 20, 2018

On June 29, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded approximately 1.6 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($10,000,000) in grant assistance to Global Communities to engage local communities in reconciliation activities.

This three-year initiative will partner with the Government of Sri Lanka and local civil society to address underlying challenges to reconciliation.  The project will promote a shared and inclusive Sri Lankan identity, reduce socio-economic disparities, and strengthen resilience among multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities.

June 4, 2018

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified Sri Lankan Citizens to provide services as USAID Project Management Specialist, FSN-11, under a Personal Services Contract, as described in the attached solicitation. The place of performance for this position will be Colombo, Sri Lanka

May 29, 2018

This is the second notice of funding opportunity released by IDEA and is in addition to the APS funding opportunity released last week. Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA) is a USAID funded initiative in support of civil society organizations in Sri Lanka. It is implemented by Management Systems International Inc (MSI).

U.S. and Sri Lankan Governments Discuss Disaster Preparedness  Ahead of South-Western Monsoons  COLOMBO, May 23 2018:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Sri Lanka Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and Dr. Michael Ernst from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) met with Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake to discuss Sri Lanka’s preparedness ahead of the monsoon
May 23, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Sri Lanka Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and Dr. Michael Ernst from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) met with Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake to discuss Sri Lanka’s preparedness ahead of the monsoon season.  Topics also included past and ongoing U.S. financial and technical assistance for disaster preparedness, management, and recovery.

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