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Economic recovery in Sri Lanka


Australia has pivoted existing development programs to have a strong private sector focus to ensure a robust, inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

Further information, including situation analysis, expected outcomes, key results and Australia’s broader engagement, can be found in Sri Lanka COVID-19 Development Response Plan.

Related initiatives

Economic Opportunities for the Poor

$35.1 million, 2014 to 2022

We have reframed our Economic Opportunities for the Poor portfolio to address the immediate as well as longer term impacts of COVID-19 on economic recovery in Sri Lanka.

Two major activities in this portfolio are the Market Development Facility (MDF) and Skill for Inclusive Growth (S4IG) programs. They aim to reduce poverty through inclusive, private sector-led economic growth. Both investments will deliver the Australian Government's development priorities by adapting innovative private sector development approaches with proven results in Australia’s development program and by improving women's economic empowerment.

The MDF operates to identify and analyse sectors that have the potential for strong, pro-poor growth. It develops partnerships with key players, including SMEs, in the private sector to grow markets and strengthen the engagement of the poor with those markets.

S4IG pilots a flexible, market-oriented technical vocational education and training (TVET) program in Sri Lanka's poorest provinces, focusing on the poor (especially women and people with a disability) in the informal sector. It seeks to improve the ability of the poor to gain jobs in the expanding tourism sector as it recovers from the impacts of the pandemic.

Name of document Year published
Skills for Inclusive Growth – Design Concept 2016

Related links

Please see the Market Development Facility homepage for further information, including current progress reports and reviews.

Women in Work

$13.3 million, 2015 to 2022

The third key focus area for Australia’s support for economic recovery in Sri Lanka, as well as our flagship gender investment, is our Women in Work investment. This investment aims to improve the understanding in medium-to-large Sri Lankan companies of the compelling business case to hire more women; increase access to, and use of, financial services for micro, small and medium enterprises owned by or employing significant numbers of women; and improve large companies’ investment in women in their supply chains.

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