Project profile — National Languages Equality Advancement in Sri Lanka


Alinea International Ltd (CA-CRA_ACR-3120560594)
2018-05-17 - 2023-01-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Sri Lanka (100.00%)


• Decentralisation and support to subnational government:
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (15112) (10.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (25.00%)
Human rights (15160) (50.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to reduce poverty and improve economic and social equality of Tamil and Sinhala speaking Sri Lankan women and men by promoting language rights. It contributes to national harmony for citizens of different linguistic backgrounds by improving access to gender-sensitive government services, such as health and police services, in their first language, and by enhancing the acceptance of the bilingual nature of their country. Project activities include: (1) assisting in the development and implementation of government department language plans based on the national strategy to implement the Official Languages Policy; (2) providing training to improve the bilingual language capacity and gender-sensitive communication skills of the civil service; (3) assisting in the development and implementation of a strategy and action plan for teaching Tamil and Sinhala as second languages; and (4) developing and managing a locally administered fund to support Sri Lankan civil society organizations in their efforts to promote language rights, national coexistence and dialogue.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened implementation of the Sri Lankan Official Languages Policy by government actors in a gender-sensitive manner; and (2) enhanced acceptance by Sri Lankan women and men of the cultural diversity and bilingual nature of their country.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of January 2022 include: (1) provided financial and technical support to 24 local civil society organizations to promote language rights and language learning; (2) provided technical assistance to update translation programs in three universities (Jaffna, Kelaniya, Sabaragamuwa) and create a new translation program at the Eastern University; and (3) provided technical assistance to 68 government institutions, including hospitals and police stations, to draft language plans. These plans aim to help provide government services in both official languages.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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