Located off the southeastern tip of India, Sri Lanka is roughly the size of West Virginia with a population of more than 20 million. The United States has worked with Sri Lanka since 1956 to help communities across the country improve their lives and livelihoods. In recent years, Sri Lanka has experienced steady economic growth, achieving middle-income status in 2010 and a gross domestic product growth rate of more than 7 percent in 2014. The island is characterized by high literacy, long life expectancy, and low infant and maternal mortality.
Despite this progress, significant disparities in income and access to basic services persist across the country. After the resettlement of more than 300,000 people, the country’s progress is now hindered by post-conflict issues, including gender-based violence, child abuse and hardships affecting youth, war widows, ex-combatants and female heads of households.
In 2015, through the election of a new president and parliament, Sri Lankans reaffirmed their desire for a sweeping reform agenda that limits presidential powers, ensures greater freedom of expression, addresses corruption and begins the process of reconciliation. Against this backdrop, USAID partners to address issues facing communities affected by conflict, support good governance and the implementation of democratic reforms, and promote greater economic growth.
More than 50,000 disabled Sri Lankans have benefitted from USAID programs in the last four years.
USAID partnered with the private sector to catalyze investments and generate better incomes for more than 30,000 vulnerable people in the former conflict zones.
- During 2013 and 2014, USAID provided legal aid and victims’ assistance to 25,000 Sri Lankans in marginalized communities.
Last updated: February 08, 2016