South Asia includes several fragile and post-conflict regions. Sri Lanka exemplifies the challenges of improving service delivery and local governance in post-conflict areas.

The northern and eastern provinces of the country have been affected by an armed conflict for nearly three decades. Though the economy has continued to grow, the development remains skewed with more than 50% of the country’s GDP coming from the Western Province.

Without restoration and development of local infrastructure, Sri Lanka’s North and East regions would continue to lag behind the rest of the country in terms of poverty, income, education, and other fundamental MDG indicators.

In this context, The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and  the World Bank are funding the North East Local Service Improvement Project (NELSIP), which aims at addressing the infrastructure gap along with accountability measures to ensure that local authorities expend resources in a transparent and accountable manner.

Besides targeting development, NELSIP also addresses issues of voice and empowerment of the different commu­nities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

By providing local infrastructure and services along with avenues for voice and participation, NESLIP is helping not only the economic recovery but also the essential rebuilding of confidence in the local state.

Projects

Grant Title Country Project Status Objective
Sri Lanka - Additional Financing for the North East Local Services Improvement Project (NELSIP) Sri Lanka Active This activity aims at improving the delivery of infrastructure services by local authorities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka in an accountable and responsive manner. The armed conflict in the Eastern Province and Northern Province ended in 2007 and in 2009 respectively and it caused the population displacement and damages to houses, public facilities, and basic infrastructure.
Sri Lanka - Support for Expansion of North East Local Services Improvement Project (NELSIP) Sri Lanka Closed To improve the delivery of local infrastructure services by local authorities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. To support local infrastructure services, such as rural roads, drinking water supply, drainage and waste disposal.