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Welcome to the Sri Lanka Subnational Governance Program

Building onto the gains from the DFAT Australia-funded Local Economic Governance (LEG) Program (2010-2015), The Asia Foundation (TAF) Sri Lanka has launched a strategic and flexible 42-months new initiative, the Sri Lanka Subnational Governance Program (SNGP) from November 2015. SNGP’s goal is to improve subnational governance in Sri Lanka through effective institutionalization of tested models for resilience, representation, and redress.

 Resilience is the ability to withstand, respond, and adapt to challenges in ways that are proactive, draws on own resources, builds local capacity, and ensures that essential needs are met. Representation involves both the capacity of people to express their views and the ways in which they do so through a variety of formal and informal channels and mechanisms. Redress refers to all administrative mechanisms that empower citizens to seek remedies for what they perceive to be poor treatment, mistakes, faults, or injustices in their dealings with the government.

By developing effective models for resilience, representation, and redress through iterative learning and experimentation with Sub national factors, it will be possible to improve the evidence base and institutionalize effective practices in designing smart cities, thereby contributing to future investments in equitable growth and participatory, inclusive subnational governance in Sri Lanka. SNGP’s end-of-program outcome is thus the “institutionalization of tested models for resilience, representation, and redress to improve subnational governance in Sri Lanka” .


The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Foundation’s programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In Sri Lanka, the Foundation works in close partnership with the government and the civil society to improve the policy and regulatory environment for broad-based economic growth and development; to advance local democracy and access to justice; to help individuals and communities recover from trauma and violence and to promote citizens participation in the decisions that affect their communities.


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia

Australia has a strong interest in ensuring Sri Lanka continues its development as a secure, stable and prosperous partner in the Indian Ocean region, under‐ pinned by an effective post‐conflict reconciliation process. The Australian Government is providing an estimated $29.1 million of total ODA to Sri Lanka in 2015-16. The Australian aid program in Sri Lanka focuses on three objectives: (a) Expand economic opportunities for the poor; (b) Support government to be more responsive to the needs of the citizens and private sector; and (c) Increased gender equality.

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