Helvetas Sri Lanka: Promoting sustainable development

HELVETAS started to work in Sri Lanka in 1978. The focus has been on strengthening economic rights and immediate needs of disadvantaged groups in Sri Lanka, while building up strong and trustful relationships with local state and non-state actors in numerous districts in the South, the East and the North. Since 2009, the focus has been in the Governance and Peace working area; perspectives for the engagement in Sri Lanka confirm this key orientation. The interventions include areas on human rights, democracy, reconciliation and sustainable peace, safe labour migration and civil society support. In addition, HELVETAS sets a particular accent on working with young women and men.

Projects in Sri Lanka

How we work

Our Working Principles and Approaches

We strive for a fairer world in which everyone can fulfill their basic needs. We support people in taking charge of improving their livelihoods sustainably.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Multimedia Stories from our Partner Countries

Where Tea Grows on Trees

In the mountainous hinterland of Laos, tea leaves are picked at high altitudes.

Protecting fish stocks in Myanmar

The people in the Gulf of Mottama live from fishing. Read how they try to regulate stocks with the help of Helvetas.

A Farmer’s Daughter Goes to College

Read how the Chakma family, with the support of Helvetas, has set up a tree nursery and thus freed themselves from poverty.

About the Helvetas country program in Sri Lanka

Helvetas Sri Lanka is part of a network of independent development organizations. With head offices in Switzerland, Germany and the USA, Helvetas is working in 29 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. We bring about real change in the lives of over three million disadvantaged people every year. We implement development projects in the areas of water and sanitation, agriculture and nutrition, education, economic development, democracy and peace, and climate and the environment. Helvetas also provides emergency response after disasters.