Oct 17, Colombo: After being isolated for long periods during the war, the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka are in the midst of recovering from a traumatic past and a World Bank funded project supports the local authorities in the provinces to deliver services and local infrastructure in a responsive and accountable manner.
With contributions from the North East Local Services Improvement Project (NELSIP) residents now enjoy swift services, such as rural roads and easy access to drinking water. The local authorities are empowered for their service deliveries.
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.
The project has helped to support improvements in several key outcomes:
• 790 km of inter-connective rural roads, 49 km of flood storm drainages, four rural water supply schemes, 400 common assets (such as markets, parks, playgrounds and cemeteries), and 11 km rural electrification schemes have been completed.
• 99% of capital grants were released against allocations.
• 87% of local people experienced increased satisfaction regarding local authorities
Based on successful results of NELSIP, the Government of Sri Lanka has stepped up its grant support to local authorities since 2014.
Full Report: Sri Lanka: Community Contributions Redevelop the North and East