Sri Lanka

Case Study: Sri Lanka | Disaster Risk Reduction

Sri Lanka continues to recover from a 25-year civil war that ended in 2009, and to some extent from the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Despite enormous challenges, the Sri Lankan population has made strides to rebuild their economy and political systems. 

Two years after the tsunami, Episcopal Relief & Development began a partnership with the Geneva-based Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF) to support income generation activities in tsunami-affected and other marginalized areas. By offering micro-finance services through self-help and Savings with Education groups, ECLOF Lanka is enabling people to build their personal savings, invest in small business endeavors and earn income to support their families and rebuild their lives. Over 95% of participants are women, who are able to gain social standing and a voice in decision-making as they contribute to household income.

Episcopal Relief & Development also partners with the Anglican Diocese of Colombo on a comprehensive disaster management and preparedness strategy. Overall well-being and development of Sri Lankan communities has been hampered by cyclical floods, droughts and frequent landslides. The Diocese of Colombo trains staff and clergy within the diocese to create disaster preparedness plans and engage their communities in building resilience and minimizing risk. The Diocese is also working with the ecumenical National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) to train additional leaders on DRR knowledge and tools that can help communities to prepare for and respond to disasters.

Working with the local Church, Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting efforts to build collaborative communities in the aftermath of decades of political conflict. Activities include training for community-led development and conflict resolution, empowering women and war-affected individuals through micro-finance and psychosocial support.

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training
  • Supporting income-generating activities to strengthen communities and improve the local economy

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Sri Lanka Press Releases & Stories

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Fast Facts

The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 changed the coastline of Sri Lanka and an estimated 400,000 workers lost their livelihoods due to storm damage.
The Sri Lankan civil war lasted 25 years, and since 2009 the government has implemented resettlement and economic development programs to support recovery.
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