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Sri Lanka
 Newsletter | December- February 2019
Access to water for agriculture and livelihoods for women in Monaragala
Under this project funded by the Coca-Cola, ACTED is working with two community-based Farmer’s Organizations (FO) to strengthen their organizations and ensure the sustainable management of the Samurdi water tank after renovation. ACTED will provide them with trainings on financial management, leadership, coordination with the government and project cycle management. To date, both FOs have been assessed to identify what their challenges and opportunities for growth are, in order to tailor their trainings to each of their specific needs. The aim of this intervention is to strengthen the FOs’ ability to represent their community’s needs and implement future projects that promote economic growth for local farmers.  
Funded by:
Strengthening cooperation between civil society and government officials for effective inter-religious collaboration
This project, which began at the end of 2018, is well on its way. ACTED and our partner, the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (FSLGA), are working closely with government authorities at various levels, including district, provincial and national. With their support, the team has identified the Grama Niladhari, or village level, areas within Ampara and Batticaloa district, where the project be implemented. Villages where multiple communities live alongside each other, and therefore there is the increased risk of religious-based discrimination and unrest, were chosen as the project’s target areas. The identification of Grama Niladhari communities in Galle District is currently ongoing. Once the Grama Niladhari areas are identified within the 3 districts, ACTED will begin capacity building of Coexistence Societies in target villages to empower them as leading civil actors in inter-religious collaboration.
Our partner:
Integrated economic development of Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka
In the last quarter, this European Union funded project completed the initial capacity assessments of the 60 Business Development Service (BDS) providers and 320 micro, small and medium enterprises. The service providers are using their results to prepare action plans to improve their service delivery quality to their local clients (micro to medium-sized enterprises). In addition, the targeted enterprises participated in a ten-day training on how to develop a risk-sensitive business plans, led by one of the consortium partners: CEFE-NET. The course taught the entrepreneurs core skills to break down businesses and identify their strengths and weaknesses, while also considering their local and regional market opportunities and threats. Lastly, the potential impact of natural or economic risks was also mainstreamed into the training and the development business plans. The business plans are now undergoing financial (by local banks) and technical (by CEFE-NET) analysis. Once validated, the plans will be used to facilitate the entrepreneurs to expand their businesses and create employment opportunities.
 
Our donor and partners:
Strengthening civil society for improved governance and inclusive sustainable development
This 3-year project finished its implementation early this year. In the final months of the project, the 17 Civil Society Organizations, who were supported by small grants, completed their education or infrastructural development activities. The community organizations received close support from the project team during implementation to ensure the sustainability and impact of their small grant activities. In addition, a national event was organized to share the results from CEPA’s electronic Citizen’s Report Card (eCRC). The eCRC is a tool to enable citizens to actively participant to their community’s development, as well as improve the accountability and responsiveness of service providers. The information in the report was completed by first conducting community-level surveys on the provision of public services, then analyzing the data to identify the needs and priorities of the community. Relevant government authorities and civil society members attended the national event in January to learn more about the eCRC methodology and results.  To review the reports yourself, please visit the following link: http://www.cepa.lk/publications/section/working-papers-9531s7e5fcd956fefb74acf66666313a.html
Our donor and partners:
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ACTED has been present in Sri Lanka since 2005. Since the end of the civil war in 2009, ACTED has been focusing on improving governance and enhancing the livelihoods of Sri Lankans, as well as responding to emergencies and increasing communities’ resilience. Read more

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