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Sri Lanka
 Newsletter | July - November 2018
Access to water for agriculture and livelihoods for women in Monaragala
In August, we began a project to improve the livelihoods of local farmers, especially women, in Monaragala by rehabilitating the Samurdi tank to improve access to irrigation water. Following this, the project will set up a demonstration plot to provide farmers with practical experience to improve their agricultural practices. Finally, the project will support a women-led CBO to set up and run a dry fishing business, which will contribute to the economic empowerment of women and will enhance their livelihoods. 
Our donor:
Strengthening cooperation between civil society and government officials for effective inter-religious collaboration
Our project on economic development is progressing quickly and the project team has now selected 320 MSMEs including 111 women-led MSMEs to partake in project activities. This selection was based on the combined scores of the MSME shortlisting evaluation sheet, field verifications and individual interviews. Gender mainstreaming is a central theme of this project: the concerns of men and women are an integral dimension in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project so that equality is promoted. The next stage of the process is to build the capacities of the selected MSMEs, through tailored trainings on risk sensitive Business Plans, capital asset provision and creation of market linkages to increase employment levels and the sustainable growth of each MSME.  
Our partner:
Integrated economic development of Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka
Our project on economic development is progressing quickly and the project team has now selected 320 MSMEs including 111 women-led MSMEs to partake in project activities. This selection was based on the combined scores of the MSME shortlisting evaluation sheet, field verifications and individual interviews. Gender mainstreaming is a central theme of this project: the concerns of men and women are an integral dimension in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project so that equality is promoted. The next stage of the process is to build the capacities of the selected MSMEs, through tailored trainings on risk sensitive Business Plans, capital asset provision and creation of market linkages to increase employment levels and the sustainable growth of each MSME.
 
Our donor and partners:
Strengthening civil society for improved governance and inclusive sustainable development
In Batticaloa, Monaragala and Mullaitivu, 17 of 60 CSOs were awarded small grants funded by the European Union to implement micro projects. Each awarded project is designed to support the needs and minimize social services gaps within their communities. With the support of ACTED’s program team, the awarded CSOs began the implementation of these projects, which include  well construction, supporting a local clinic, renovation and lighting of roads, and rebuilding a school wall, in August of 2018.  
Our donor and partners:
Thinking Ahead: Our Strategy for 2018-2020
 
ACTED in Sri Lanka is proud to release its latest strategy! The strategy not only reflects the contextual needs of Sri Lanka, but also highlights key areas for growth that will promote the country’s transition to an upper-middle income country. First, the strategy identifies focal areas aligned with ACTED’s global pillars:  
  1. Responding to Emergencies and Building Disaster Resilience (i.e. Disaster Risk Management)
  2. Co‐constructing Civil Society and Effective Governance (i.e. Capacity Building of Civil Societies)
  3. Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Growth  (i.e. Tailored Training for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises)
Secondly, it establishes cross-cutting principles, such as gender equality and environmental protection, which will be imbedded within projects from each of these pillars. This framework will enable ACTED’s work in Sri Lanka to go beyond immediate support by promoting longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable economic and social development throughout the country.
Read our strategy here
ACTED in Sri Lanka

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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