The project 'Improving Connectivity to Support Livelihoods and Gender Equality" (JFPR 9143) is supported by a grant of $ 3 million from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction through the ADB. It is linked to the Eastern and North-Central Provincial Road Project financed by the ADB, and will be implemented in the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts in 27 local authorities (Pradeshiya Sabhas) which were selected according to set criteria. The Primary objective of the project is to improve the quality of life for conflict-affected and isolated rural poor communities, especially women, through a community-driven, participatory livelihood development program linked to the rehabilitation and maintenance of rural access roads.
The Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils is the Executing Agency (EA) and the Commissioner for Local Government will provide co-ordination at the provincial level.
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