At the end of Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war in 2009, the country faced a huge task to restore damaged infrastructure in the conflict-affected North and East, while quickly delivering better livelihoods for communities that had been repeatedly displaced by the fighting. Despite strong economic growth largely due to the post-conflict rebound, the region experienced issues with limited capital investments for infrastructure amidst rapid growth of the urban population.
The project is designed to improve the delivery of infrastructure services (such as rural roads and drinking water supply) by local authorities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, to strengthen their service delivery systems, and to build capacity to deliver their mandated services. The unique design of this project is that each community contributes three percent of the cost by providing labor or utilities like water or electricity. In addition, community members can identify their own needs and prioritize how the money is spent by voting in public town hall meetings.