The Sri Lankan economy has seen robust annual growth at 6.4 percent over the course of 2003 to 2012. Almost five years after the end of the three-decade civil conflict, Sri Lanka is now focusing on long-term strategic and structural development challenges as it strives to transition to an upper middle income country.
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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015— The World Bank Board has approved a $165 million credit for Sri Lanka to increase access to piped water services and improved sanitation in the Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi, Nuw... Show More +ara Eliya, Badulla, Monoregala, Kegalle and Ratnapura Districts.Around 450,000 people are expected to benefit under the project from improved access to safe piped water, contributing to the Government’s national target of increasing piped water coverage from the current 45 percent to 60 percent by 2020.The Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project aims to reduce time spent collecting water, freeing it up for more productive uses. It also aims to reduce the susceptibility of vulnerable groups, such as children and the elderly, to health risks posed by water-borne and sanitation related diseases. Water-borne diseases have negative impacts on household incomes and are associated with increased healthcare costs, lost time and productivity.“Access to safe drinking water is critical to health outcomes, especially for vulnerable populations” noted Françoise Clottes, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. "The World Bank is happy to further support the sustained achievements in the water sector and to join the Government and other stakeholders in efforts to improve access to and delivery of this vital commodity,” she added.A strong poverty focus underscores the project. “The project will support infrastructure development in lagging regions and the estate sector where access to water supply and sanitation services is lower and the poverty level is higher compared to the national average”, said Shideh Hadian, Task Team Leader of the project. The project also focuses on addressing the long term sustainability of water supply schemes managed by Community-Based Organizations, by strengthening institutions involved in service delivery in the rural and estate sectors.The project comes at a time when Sri Lanka also faces the challenge of a new disease, known as CKDu (Chronic Kidney Disease of uncertain etiology). Communities where CKDu incidence is high will also benefit from improved access to safe drinking water.The credit is from the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm – the credit is on IDA terms with a maturity of 25 years, including a 5-year grace period. Show Less -
The Sri Lanka Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project is a $165 million credit to increase access to piped water services and improved sanitation throughout Sri Lanka.The credit is from the In... Show More +ternational Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm – the credit is on IDA terms with a maturity of 25 years, including a 5 year grace period. Show Less -
The Sri Lanka Early Childhood Development Project will increase the ability of disadvantaged children to access learning opportunities. It will also contribute to improve learning outcomes and support... Show More + Sri Lanka to become more competitive in the global economy in the long run.The credit for this project is being provided by the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm –with a maturity of 25 years, including a 5 year grace period. Show Less -
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 – The World Bank Board approved a $50 million credit to improve the quality and increase equitable access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in Sri Lanka. Early in... Show More +vestment in human capital development is particularly effective at increasing the ability of disadvantaged children to access learning opportunities. It will also contribute to improve learning outcomes and support Sri Lanka to become more competitive in the global economy in the long run.The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is emphasizing the importance of human capital formation, including the role of ECD, in realizing the country’s long-term development goals. GoSL has recently established the State Ministry of Child Affairs to specifically promote the development and wellbeing of children in the 0-5 age group. It has also developed a draft National Plan for Early Childhood Care and Development (2015-2020), to guide interventions in the ECD sector, which will be supported with this credit line.Early childhood is considered to be the period from conception to 5 years of age. Monitoring and managing the milestones for the 0-2 year olds are well-established in Sri Lanka, with the health sector playing a lead role in ensuring the holistic development of these children. Center-based ECD programs for children in the 3-5 age range are less developed. Sri Lanka has around 17,020 ECD centers staffed by 29,340 teachers. Around 84 percent of these centers are under non-state management.“Sri Lanka needs to invest early, invest smartly and invest in all its people regardless of their socio-economic status if it is to meet its growth targets, end absolute poverty, and achieve shared prosperity” said Francoise Clottes World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. "Investing in human capital is crucial for the country to become competitive in the global economy, and this project aims at strengthening the foundation for Early Childhood Development in Sri Lanka".This five year project aims to enroll an additional 150,000 children in ECD centers, while enhancing an additional 2500 such centers to meet national quality standards. By the end of the project, 5000 ECD centers would have conducted annual child development assessments in order to validate the overarching project objective of improving quality of and enhancing equitable access to ECD.“Inequitable access to and poor quality of ECD services are two of the key challenges this project seeks to address” said Saurav Dev Bhatta, Senior Economist and Team Leader of the project. “Evidence suggests that household income and location are key determinants of access to ECD services. Enrollment rates are lower for children from poorer households, rural areas and Plantations. Most ECD centers that cater to the poorer segments of society are resource constrained and are inadequate in terms of basic infrastructure, teaching-learning materials, and teacher qualifications. ” said the Team LeaderThe credit for this project is being provided by the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm –with a maturity of 25 years, including a 5 year grace period. The central government agency with primary responsibility for overseeing ECD service delivery is the Children’s Secretariat (CS), housed within the State Ministry of Child Affairs (SMCA). Show Less -
In less secure households where income and dietary energy supply are low, malnutrition resulting from inadequate caloric intake will be exacerbated by poor dietary diversity. In both cases, increasing... Show More + consumption of nutrient-rich foods is key to improved nutrition outcomes. Show Less -