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Sri Lanka Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $24.1m
Gross National Income Per Capita: USD4,030 (2021)
Population: 22.2 mil (2021)

Australian ODA 2021-22 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Estimated Outcome ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 21.3 23.0 16.1
Regional 0.9 2.6 5.0
Global 24.8 27.7 2.4
Other Government Departments 0.4 1.1 0.6
Total Aust. ODA to Sri Lanka 47.4 54.3 24.1

*Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items in totals.

Australian ODA to Sri Lanka by Sector Group 2023-24 Budget Estimate. 16% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 7% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 9% Governance. 17% Education. 1% Health. 49% Humanitarian. 1% Multisector and General Development Support.

Australia is a long-standing and trusted development cooperation partner for Sri Lanka. Australia continues to support Sri Lanka as it emerges from its worst economic crisis in 70 years.

Australia stands with the people of Sri Lanka in this difficult time, particularly women, youth and the urban poor that are experiencing severe hardship. Australia's continued assistance supports our mutual interest in a secure and resilient Indian Ocean and reinforces our relationship built on cooperation and community connection.

Strategic direction

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, Australia's development cooperation program in Sri Lanka aims to:

  • support governance and reform agendas to foster inclusive economic growth;
  • improve livelihoods, including through employment opportunities for disadvantaged Sri Lankans;
  • provide humanitarian assistance in response to food insecurity, health and protection issues;
  • support education and training through Australia Awards scholarships.

Program highlights

  • Australia was first to respond to the economic crisis with a total package of support valued at $75 million including emergency food assistance.
  • Australia's partnership with the World Bank is supporting economic governance reform and fiscal stability in line with IMF recommendations. 
  • Our new support to The Asia Foundation and International Federation for Electoral Systems will strengthen local service delivery, planning, budget management, and support women and citizen's voice and participation in electoral processes.
  • The Australia Awards program continues to provide education opportunities most valued by Sri Lanka's public and private sector. A total of 24 Sri Lankans will be awarded long-term Australia Awards Scholarships in 2024 and a cohort of women entrepreneurs will be supported to participate in the Export Council of Australia's Women Trading Globally short course help them grow their businesses.


Priority Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1, No poverty.
Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.
Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Goal 10, Reduced inequalities.
Goal 11, Sustainable cities and communities.
Goal 13, Climate Action. 
Goal 17, Partnerships for the goals.
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