Overview of Australia's aid program to Sri Lanka

How we are helping

2014/15 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$33.2 million

2015/16 Bilateral Budget Estimate
$19.9 million

2015/16 Total Australian ODA Estimate
$27.3 million

DFAT will manage an estimated $19.9 million in bilateral funding to Sri Lanka in 2015-16.  Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Sri Lanka in 2015-16 will be an estimated $27.3 million.

Australian ODA will transition to an economic partnership approach, focusing on connecting the poor to the market economy and leveraging domestic capacity and resources to support economic growth.

The website will be updated to reflect specific priorities following discussions with our partners. These priorities will be detailed further in a new Aid Investment Plan which will be finalised by 30 September 2015.

Further information on current investments in Sri Lanka can be found below.

Help to improve social and economic indicators in lagging regions

Australian assistance builds successfully on the legacy of humanitarian support and continues to be strongly aligned with the Government of Sri Lanka’s development policy framework. Australia’s aid program will focus on helping Sri Lanka build lasting peace, stability and prosperity. Across Sri Lanka’s lagging regions, our support will help build the social and economic well-being of the poorest and most disadvantaged, especially women.

Supporting policies and programs implemented at national and sub-national levels that aim for inclusive growth and improved service delivery

Australian aid through its partnership approach with implementing partners and the Sri Lankan Government seeks to increase dialogue on policy reforms that promote inclusion, equity and a poverty focus. Australia continues to make a strong contribution to inclusive policies and programs across a number of sectors including education, forestry and water and sanitation.

Improving social and economic indicators in lagging regions in Sri Lanka

Our results

Help to improve social and economic indicators in lagging regions

In 2013-14:

  • 7,646 poor men and women have benefitted from increased incomes through agriculture and small business training while 107 forest management plans have been developed, 3,402 home gardens improved and 310 people were trained in new agricultural technologies.
  • 8,458 students, teachers and education officials received health and hygiene education, and 118,802 students (boys 57,032 and girls 61,770) and 6,178 teachers (male 2,478 and female 3,700) in 296 rural schools received quality sanitation facilities.
  • Approximately 12,000 people in 3,000 households benefited from improved access to safe, piped water; 4,000 people in 900 households received sanitation grants to construct toilet facilities.
  • School committees aimed at improving participation and retention of students were established in over 4,000 schools and 2,372 schools completed a School Based Teacher Development program.
  • 236 houses were reconstructed or repaired while 1,822 households were assisted to formalise land tenure.

Supporting policies and programs implemented at national and sub-national levels that aim for inclusive growth and improved service delivery

In 2013-14:

  • 1,436 public servants were trained in public management processes such as the use of Citizen Report Card tools and systems, the use of participatory budgeting approaches, and the prevention of gender based violence.
  • 68 civil society organisations were supported to track service provision to communities in lagging regions.

 




Students from Kiriwaneliya Singla School (credit: DFAT).
Students wash their hands at Lindula Maha School (credit: DFAT).