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An island nation located along major trade routes in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is critical to maritime and regional stability. The United States partners with Sri Lanka to foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth, promote social harmony, and forge a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. USAID also works to improve natural disaster and risk management practices, enhance environmental and climate resilience, and improve energy security and sustainability. . 

ECONOMIC GROWTH

USAID promotes inclusive market-driven growth and resilience of the country's resources to shocks and stresses. Through activities to improve economic governance, promote investments, strengthen the workforce, and improve the business climate for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), USAID supports Sri Lanka through its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and in its journey to become an advanced economy. 

ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

USAID supports Sri Lanka in mitigating resource shocks and stresses through activities that enhance environmental and climate resilience and improve energy security and sustainability. Activities support innovative approaches to stop the flow of plastic pollution, increase deployment of renewable energy, and mobilize private sector funding for actions that reduce risks associated with extreme weather, climate vulnerability, and climate change.

DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE

USAID works in partnership with Sri Lanka to strengthen key democratic institutions, build a robust civil society, and promote the rule of law. USAID also works to improve Sri Lankans’ access to balanced and reliable news and partners with the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to strengthen dialogue between multi-ethnic communities.

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

Frequent natural disasters have led to displacement, destruction and an increase in the need for quality basic services. Building on decades of partnership, USAID is helping to strengthen government capacity to prepare and respond effectively when disasters strike. USAID engages directly with impacted communities, focusing on improving access to safe drinking water and providing psychosocial services.

Last updated: December 15, 2021

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