In the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, characterized by small towns and rural communities, access to safe water and sanitation facilities has been affected by underinvestment in water infrastructure

due to decades of conflict. Given that the northern and eastern provinces are situated in the dry zone of the country, the community’s access to natural sources of water are even further restricted.

The North East Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (NE-WASH),supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and  the World Bank,  has tackled these critical issues of improving access to safe water and sanitation services in Sri Lanka.

The NE-WASH project is aimed at improving access to piped water supply and sanitation services for rural communities in the conflict-affected Northern and East­ern provinces of Sri Lanka, and it has three components:

1) Provision of water supply and sanitation

2) Capacity building

3) Project management

Through the use of innova­tive engagement strategies, this project is not only improving access to services, but it is also enhancing cohesion in the fragmented Sri Lankan society and is supporting the govern­ment’s goal of reducing regional disparities.

Projects

Grant Title Country Project Status Objective
Sri Lanka - Scale-Up WASH Service Delivery in Lagging Districts Sri Lanka Closed
Sri Lanka - North East WASH for conflict affected regions Sri Lanka Closed To improve access to piped water supply and sanitation services for rural communities in the conflict-affected Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, taking into account the transition from a conflict to a post-conflict society.
Sri Lanka - Bank Executed Grant Fund for Supervision of Sri Lanka WASH Project Sri Lanka Closed To administer and supervise the Recipient-executed grant for NE-WASH in order to ensure smooth implementation and achievement of objectives.