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Sri Lanka
 Newsletter | March to May 2019
Access to water for agriculture and livelihoods for women in Monaragala
This project is designed to improve the livelihoods of rural farmers, including women, by:
  1. Rehabilitating a water tank to increase farmers’ access to water for irrigation; and
  2. Strengthening the operational management of two community-based organisations to enhance their ability to support the needs of local farmers.
Within the last quarter, the construction works to rehabilitate the water tank have progressed. Throughout the project, ACTED is closely engaging with community members and local authorities to ensure the tank is renovated in accordance with government standards and is designed with input from the direct beneficiaries. To facilitate this, the project has established a community-based monitoring committee and is organizing regular visits from the Department of Agrarian Development to monitor the construction progress.
 
In addition, ACTED has recently conducted four trainings on Governance and Administration and Organizational Management to 16 individuals (approximately 68% of whom were women) from the two community based organisations. These trainings are accompanied with close follow-up by ACTED staff to ensure their learnings are integrated into their operational structure. In the coming months, the trainings for community-based organizations will continue alongside the rehabilitation of the water tank to ensure the sustainable management of the tank upon the completion of the works. 
Funded by: 
Strengthening cooperation between civil society and government officials for effective inter-religious collaboration
In the previous quarter, this project began close collaboration with 14 Coexistence Societies located across Batticaloa and Ampara Districts. ACTED is supporting these societies by providing tailored trainings on institutional management, including Governance and Administration, Organizational Management, Financial Management, Project Cycle Management and External Relations and Resource Mobilization. Through our field assessments, it is apparent that these 14 societies lack the technical skills and capacity to carry out their mandate:  To build coexistent communities where all individuals, regardless of their ethnic, religious or lingual identities, are treated equally and live in happiness. Coexistence Societies members noted finances are a huge barrier for their organisation. Many currently do not have established offices or any assets, which inhibits their ability to organize and implement activities within their communities. In addition, the societies have limited interaction with other stakeholders, including civil society organizations and local authorities.
 
Through ACTED’s intervention, supported by our partner the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Authorities (FSLGA), Coexistence Societies will be strengthened to effectively engage with local authorities, obtain funding and implement community activities to promote coexistence. Overall, the project will thus contribute to promoting and implementing inter-religious collaboration throughout Sri Lanka.
Our partner:
Integrated economic development of Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka
ACTED is currently supporting 320 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises through the provision of essential assets and infrastructural improvements in Monaragala, Badulla, Matale and Nuwara Eliya. These items and structural designs have been identified through the development of risk-sensitive business plans tailored to each business’ needs and vision, which were produced by the entrepreneurs with support from one of our partners, CEFE-NET.

Once potential assets were identified, ACTED conducted an in-depth analysis to ensure they are economically feasible to support the entrepreneurs’ business expansion. This was achieved by considering the assets’ relevance to their business plan, 
 sustainability within the business’ physical environment (i.e. available lands, environmental risk factors, access to electricity or water), inclusivity for users, especially women and persons with disabilities, the potential added-value for increased production or market expansion, as well as the entrepreneurs’ current capacity.

This support will not only enable the entrepreneurs to increase their earning potential, but also directly create employment opportunities for their community members. Through rural economic development and job creation, the project is contributing to poverty alleviation within marginalized communities in Uva and Central provinces of Sri Lanka.
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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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