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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Co-op & Development, Local development

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, International Organisation, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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The global objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to reducing inequality through progress of the human development level in rural regions of Sri Lanka.

Priorities and funded actions:

– promotion of an integrated, sustainable, climate-resilient and inclusive socio-economic development for the most vulnerable rural and estate communities within the districts of Monaragala and Badulla in Uva Province, and Nuwara Eliya and Matale in Central Province. 

– Lot 1: To improve livelihoods and household income levels by promoting local business and rural infrastructures, job creation and diversification; setting up an enabling business environment with due attention paid to environmental sustainability, climate resilience as well as gender equality.
– Lot 2: To improve health and nutrition (in particular of women and children below the age of five) by promoting a sustainable water management system including the three components of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (i.e. access to safe water, access to sanitation and hygiene promotion).
Cross-cutting: To improve local governance by strengthening socio-economic service deliver by local authorities, community organisations, and private institutions by aiming at improving the capacity and efficiency of local institutions. 

Among financed activities
Lot 1: 
– Enhancing income levels of man and women farmers by facilitating better irrigation facilities, post-harvest technology, improving local value chains for certain products, etc;
– Improving linkages between markets and products by investing in small rural infrastructures, transport facilities and market supply chain infrastructures;
– Reducing dependency on agriculture employment through:
> Creating/facilitating alternative employment opportunities (diversification such as through new technologies, agro-processing, other value added products);
> Promoting employment opportunities in manufacturing and services;
> Introducing affordable and sustainable innovations in the farming system including value added processing and marketing for specific products;
– Promoting mechanisms to include women in business, trade, industry and ensuring access of women to productive resources;
– Promoting local micro and small enterprises (SMEs) and female entrepreneurship;
– Creating and promoting local self-sustained social safety net services.
Lot 2:
– Facilitating local, self-sustainable and accessible WASH services and tools including small infrastructures and water facilities;
– Awareness raising including media and communication campaigns on hygiene practices and mainstreaming of WASH approaches in schools and service providers institutions ;
– Building the capacity of the target people on how to plan and handle community-managed programme implementation on water supply and sanitation issues;
– Mapping nutritionally vulnerable families, carrying out capacity building of relevant stakeholders on nutrition in coordination with the mandated institutions;
– Supporting food and nutrition supplementation programmes and ensure increased coverage of target population (with special focus on pregnant and lactating mothers, children below two years and elderly), in line with the National Nutrition policy and in coordination with mandated institutions;
– Awareness rising on nutrition and dietary issues, including promotion of greater acceptance of qualitatively and quantitatively adequate complementary food (e.g. home fortification of complementary foods/multiple micronutrient powders etc.) consumed by infants and young children and promoting greater awareness on feeding practices.