Sri Lanka gets US aid to strengthen accountability, governance

ECONOMYNEXT –The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said it is giving Sri Lanka Rs1.92 billion (US$13 million) for a project to strengthen accountability and democratic governance in the island.

The Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP) is a three-year program and builds upon the success of USAID’s recent collaboration with Parliamentary staff to strengthen capacity, knowledge base, and procedures, a statement said. 

“The SDGAP aims to improve strategic planning and communication within government and Parliament, enhance public outreach, develop more effective policy reform and implementation processes, and increase political participation of women and underrepresented groups in Parliament and at local levels.”

 “This project broadens our support to the independent commissions, Ministries, and provincial and local levels of government,” said USAID Mission Director Andrew Sisson at the launch ceremony. 

“As always, we will support equal participation by men and women, as well as underrepresented groups in politics and leadership.”

Sri Lanka’s Parliament has become the newest member of the United States’ House Democracy Partnership program which supports peer-to-peer exchanges for partner legislatures around the world.

USAID’s recently-completed projects include supporting the capacity building of parliament’s new Sectoral Oversight Committees and staff, and updates to the Parliament’s Standing Orders.
(COLOMBO, Nov 23, 2016)
 

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