Driving achievements for children and young people in Sri Lanka.

School children in bibile

UNICEF’s work in Sri Lanka would not be possible without the support of partners and donors, whose funding has helped drive achievements in child survival and development, education, protection, nutrition, social cohesion and emergency response for every child.

As UNICEF embarks on its new country program (2018-2022), this support will remain critical if we are to   increase investments in all children, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized, end child poverty, eliminate violence against children, address preventable child and neonatal deaths, improve the quality of education, leverage data to support child rights and tackle issues related to climate change.

The following partners are making essential contributions to UNICEF’s work, for every child in Sri Lanka.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

UNICEF Sri Lanka and The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have enjoyed a long-term strategic partnership that has supported real improvements in Nutrition, Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).  DFAT has provided both humanitarian and regular funding that has enabled UNICEF to responding in a timely and effective manner in times of emergency and in support of Sri Lanka’s sustainable development and child-centered growth. DFAT remains an essential partner in the promotion of long term peace building and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka and has played a central role in driving policy that supports better nutrition for marginalized families in the tea estate sector. 

DFAT’s has made essential contributions to the safety, security and development of Sri Lankan children.

Achievements and Highlights

  • A three-year WASH-in-Schools program was rolled out in May 2011 and provided 425 schools with child-friendly, disability-friendly, environmentally-safe WASH facilities.  
  • A three-year program (2013-2016) implemented child-friendly education in 800 schools across the North and East of Sri Lanka. The program focused on improving learning outcomes and reducing inequalities for approximately 160,000 school children.
  • A one-year program, launched May 2015, addressed malnutrition in targeted districts and focused on the generation and collection of accurate data to drive key policy reforms.
  • DFAT supported UNICEF’s emergency response during the floods and landslides of 2016 and 2017, providing critical, life-saving interventions in water, sanitation and hygiene, and longer term action to restore education and WASH services in affected areas, and to provide psycho-social support to vulnerable children.
  • In 2018, UNICEF and DFAT commenced a three-year AUD 750,000 agreement focused on disaster preparedness and response in disaster-prone districts.

European Union

The European Union (EU) has been a valuable strategic partner to UNICEF in Sri Lanka. 

During times of humanitarian crisis, the EU has provided essential emergency funds through its humanitarian arm, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).  EU funding has also been pivotal in the post-conflict era in resourcing life-saving mine-risk education, infrastructure reconstruction, access to social services, skills building and enhanced livelihood opportunities. EU programs, in partnership with other UN and multilateral institutions, also focus on poverty reduction and peace-building in marginalized areas.

The EU has made essential contributions to the safety, security and development of Sri Lankan children.

Achievements and Highlights

  • EU-ACAP Program (2009-2012): Launched in 2009, the three-year EURO 9.2 million ‘Assistance for Conflict Affected Persons’ Programme (EU-ACAP) focused on infrastructure reconstruction and rehabilitation in conflict-affected areas of the Eastern Province, to provide vulnerable communities with better access to quality education, safe water, sanitation and essential health services. Among its many results was the building and equipping of 18 schools and 15 health centers, combined with training for both school and health personnel. The EU-ACAP directly benefitted over 18,000 households and their children.
  • The EU-SEM Programme (2012-2014): Launched in 2012, the two-year EURO 3.5 million ‘EU Support to Socio Economic Measures’ (EU-SEM) programme focused on improving access to social services and livelihood opportunities for the most vulnerable communities in the selected districts in Northern and Eastern province. Among its many achievements, was the improvement of the learning environment for almost 6,000 students and teachers, increased access to quality health services and WASH facilities for communities, and the provision of livelihood grants and vocational training to families and young people.
  • THE EU-SDDP Program (2012-2018):  launched in 2012, the six-year, EURO 10 million ‘EU Support to District Development Programme’ (EU-SDDP) , a collaboration with UNDP, UNOPS, FAO, ILO and IFC focused on reducing poverty in the North, East, and adjacent border districts, through support to sustainable regional and local development and good governance. Among its many achievement was the enabling of 170,000 people to access quality health services; enabling 20,000 children to benefit from an improved learning environment; improving access for 30,000 community members to water and over 25,000 people to adequate sanitation; enabling over 200,000 people gain knowledge on child protection, nutrition, injury-prevention and hygiene practices;  supporting  6,000 children with in-kind and referral services; and increasing the participation of 5,700 mothers and community members to improve the nutrition status of over 5,000 under-fives.
  • The EU-CSPB (2017 -2019): Launched in 2017, the ‘EU Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peacebuilding’ (EU-CSPB)  is a collaboration between the EU, UNICEF, UNDP and UN-HABITAT to provide catalytic support to peacebuilding by facilitating early confidence building measures that build trust that the Government will effectively, efficiently, equitably and transparently respond to the needs of impacted communities. As part of this, UNICEF is focusing on enabling families to more quickly return to their land in Jaffna and Trincomalee, and start re-building their lives while also working to build confidence in Government authorities and support for peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts in the country.

Korean International Corporation Agency

UNICEF’s longstanding partnership with the Korean International Corporation Agency (KOICA) focuses on education, with multi-year funding aimed at improving access to and the quality of education in targeted schools in Ampara, Batticaloa and Killinochchi in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

KOICA’s support has made essential contributions to the safety, security and development of Sri Lankan children over several years.

Achievements and Highlights

  • The five-year ‘Education Sector Development Program’, launched in 2012 with the Government of Sri Lanka has vastly improved learning outcomes and achievements in the most marginalized locations, with 24 target schools and 80 partner schools benefitting from significant improvements in learning environments. This has positively impacted over 29,000 children, and 1,000 teachers. Specifically, the Programme enabled the adoption of ‘child-friendly approaches’ to teacher training, providing high-quality teaching and learning materials, improving school-community relationships and enhancing school-based planning and management.
  • In October 2018, KOICA committed USD 6.15 million to enhance learning outcomes in 13 targeted schools in Kilinochchi district. Specifically, the programme will enhance the learning outcomes in 13 targeted poor-performing schools through both hardware (infrastructure) and software interventions, reaching approximately 2,700 primary students and 2,500 secondary students.