Australian aid to improve Sri Lanka reforms, services for women, disabled

ECONOMYNEXT – Australia has provided a grant of AUD 31 million for Sri Lanka’s governance initiatives from national to local level to support economic reforms, strengthen public sector service delivery especially for women and people with disabilities and urban planning.

Australia and Sri Lanka have signed a ‘Subsidiary Arrangement’ for grant assistance to work together on strengthening governance in Sri Lanka through the four-year program valued at Rs3,850 million, a finance ministry statement said.

“The Governance for Growth Program aims to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to increase economic growth and spread the benefits of that growth to reduce poverty and inequality in the country,” it said.

The program will support activities that improve the policy formation and delivery capabilities of government at national, provincial and local levels to bring about inclusive economic growth.

Some of the activities under the program include a partnership with the World Bank to support the Sri Lankan government’s implementation of national economic reforms.

It includes work with The Asia Foundation to strengthen public sector service delivery at the subnational level, including for women and people with disabilities, the statement said.

“The program will also provide opportunities for research collaboration and building of institutional linkages to support the quality of Sri Lanka’s economic decision-making and public service delivery.”

One example is funding a national State of the Cities report to support urban planning and development decision-making.

(COLOMBO, January 30, 2018)





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