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Our Work

Credit: USAID BIZ+
Credit: USAID BIZ+

An island nation located along major trade routes in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is critical to maritime and regional stability. Over recent years, significant political, social and economic change has swept across the island – impacting Sri Lanka’s stability. The United States partners with Sri Lanka to strengthen democratic principles, foster sustainable economic growth, promote reconciliation, and forge a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

USAID works to strengthen Sri Lanka’s democracy, promote economic prosperity, and improve natural disaster and risk management practices. To build self-reliance, USAID helps strengthen Sri Lanka’s ability to plan, finance and implement its own development solutions.

OUR WORK

Home to more than 21 million people, Sri Lanka continues to navigate a path toward stability and reconciliation after a 26-year conflict and several natural disasters. Recent political turmoil, including the 2019 terrorist attacks, coupled with slow economic growth, income inequality and limited access to basic services exacerbate Sri Lanka’s development challenges. USAID partners to reinforce democratic values, expand economic growth and support Sri Lankan-led disaster response efforts.

DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE

In recent years, historic reforms have increased women’s representation in government, reinforced government transparency and supported Sri Lankan-led reconciliation efforts. To sustain these hardearned democratic gains and boost Sri Lanka’s future stability, USAID helps to further strengthen 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.

ECONOMIC GROWTH

Little foreign investment, a lack of citizen access to finance and a skills gap hamper economic growth. USAID forges partnerships with small- and medium-sized local businesses to create jobs, increase incomes, strengthen public financial management and public procurement, and promote private investment – especially for American companies. To boost economic productivity, USAID helps increase access to technical and vocational education, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for more than 40,000 young Sri Lankans.

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: September 19, 2019

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