Sri Lanka and ADB
In the Spotlight
Sri Lanka introduces technology education to secondary students to give them a better chance at entering university or the job market.
An ADB-supported legal aid program in Sri Lanka has helped survivors of the Asian Tsunami obtain legal custody of orphans, replace land titles, and re-establish identities.
ADB has approved an $800 million loan facility to fund rural and national road upgrades in six provinces in Sri Lanka that will significantly improve access of remote communities to markets, services, and jobs.
Sri Lanka's social indicators are among the best in South Asia. The country has achieved near universal literacy, and has a comparatively low poverty level. Economic growth has been steady since the military conflict ended, but slowed in 2012. Growth had, however, picked up strongly again by the third quarter of 2013 and was consistently robust in the first half of 2014.
ADB assistance to Sri Lanka supports energy, roads, water supply and sanitation, education and skills development, and post-conflict reconstruction of the north and east. ADB is also involved in water resource management.
20.48(2013) Population in millions
0.3%(2008-2013) Average annual population growth rate
6.5%(2012) Population living below the national poverty line