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Sri Lanka: Improving Connectivity to Support Livelihoods and Gender Equality (formerly Promoting Gender-Responsive Access to Road Rehabilitation-Related Opportun

Sovereign (Public) Project | 39619-022 Status: Closed

The Asian Development Bank is working with Sri Lanka to restore the livelihood of internally displaced peoples in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Muallaitivu, Mannar, and Vavuniya districts. The project has rebuilt roads and canals, trained people, reestablished livelihoods, and encouraged savings.

Project Details

Project Officer
Gunasekera, Nelun C. South Asia Department Request for information
  • Sri Lanka
  • Grant
  • Multisector
Project Name Improving Connectivity to Support Livelihoods and Gender Equality (formerly Promoting Gender-Responsive Access to Road Rehabilitation-Related Opportun
Project Number 39619-022
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9143-SRI: Improving Connectivity to Support Livelihoods and Gender Equality (formerly Promoting Gender-Responsive Access to Road Rehabilitation-Related Opportunities)
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 3.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Sector / Subsector

Multisector / Multisector

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity

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.

Under JFPR 9143, 250 km of existing rural access roads in 26 Pradeshiya Sabhas (local authorities) will be rehabilitated through community participation. Currently, 230 km of roads are being rehabilitated by 2040 members of the target communities.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Connectivity and quality of life for conflict-affected and isolated rural poor communities in selected districts of the Eastern and North Central Province improved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Livelihood opportunities for rural poor communities are increased through the rehabilitation and maintenance of rural access roads
Progress Toward Outcome --
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Project Baseline and Performance Monitoring System

2. Rehabilitation of RARs

3. Capacity Development for Maintenance of RARs

4. Skills Development for Rural Communities

5. Developing Rural Transport Services

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The Baseline survey collected data on the poverty and socio economic status of vulnerable people in the project areas. This was carried out in the 4 project districts by the implementing partner NGOs. An agreement with the NGOs for this activity was signed by the project on February 2012. The NGO's were supported by the Gender and Social Development officer of the PMU. The survey incorporated a Training Needs Assessment. This component provided details of skill training required and requested by beneficiaries.

2918 workers and skilled persons were selected from the very poor and vulnerable families of target villages. Women's participation was around 70%. Over 290 km roads were improved with construction of necessary structures such as culverts, causeways and retaining walls in 27 Divisional Secretariat areas in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts of the NCP and Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts of the EP.

Skill training and livelihood enhancement programmes were completed in all four districts by the four implementing partner NGOs .

CBOs were given awareness on regular road maintenance. 26 Pradeshiya Sabhas (PSs) were provided with hand tools and small equipment such as twin drum rollers and plate compactors for road maintenance. Hiring these small machines for other road work also provide additional income to the PSs.

Short training courses on enterprise development, cattle farming, poultry farming, small trade and business, commercial home gardening were given to 1529 women and 605 men.

Eight types of vocational training courses eg: House wiring, driving, tailoring, Montessori teaching, welding, automobile mechanics and beauty culture & hair styling were provided in the four districts to 154 (84 Female and 70 Male) youths from project beneficiary families.

An agreement with the NGOs for conducting a Rural Transports Assessment was signed in April 2012. A local NGO _Practical Action_ was recruited for the study. The final report was submitted on 21 December 2012.

The Project is closed and the BCR is being prepared.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Unlikely to have adverse environmental impacts
Involuntary Resettlement Has no involuntry resettlement impacts
Indigenous Peoples Not expected to have impacts on indigenous peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were held with ERD (MOF), MOLGPC, Chief Secretaries and CLG of North Central Provincial Council and Eastern Provincial Council, relevant District and Divisional Secretaries, Pradheshiya Sabha Chairpersons and Secretaries and Community members of targeted villages.
During Project Implementation Mission met Government Officials in the North Central Province and Eastern Province, selected PS Chairmans and Secretaries, Technical Officers and beneficiaries and implementing partner NGOs.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services tbd
Procurement tbd
Responsible ADB Officer Gunasekera, Nelun C.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Internal & Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government (formerly Ministry of Provincial Councils, Local Government & Sports)
330 Union Place, Colombo 2
Sri Lanka
Concept Clearance 27 Jul 2009
Fact Finding 29 Jun 2009 to 03 Jul 2009
Approval 14 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2013

Grant 9143-SRI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2009 16 Feb 2010 16 Feb 2010 30 Jun 2012 22 Feb 2013 15 Aug 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 14 Dec 2009 0.00 2.98 99%
Counterpart 0.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.00 14 Dec 2009 0.00 2.98 99%

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