Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Sri Lanka


The Asia Foundation
2019-01-21 - 2023-11-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Sri Lanka (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal 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)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organisations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting activities, building institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project is implemented by The Asia Foundation. It provides multi-year funding to approximately 15 to 20 women’s rights organizations that represent vulnerable and marginalized women and girls in Sri Lanka. Project activities include: (1) providing fast, responsive support to organizations for discrete activities and short projects to enable timely and strategic responses to unforeseen events, and to pilot innovative ideas; (2) building the capacity of organizations; and (3) supporting network and alliance-building between organizations.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of local women’s rights organizations in Sri Lanka; (2) enhanced performance of women’s rights organizations’ programming and advocacy to advance gender equality and empower women and girls; and (3) increased effectiveness of sub-national and national women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change in Sri Lanka.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of April 2022 include: (1) provision of financial and technical support to 35 women’s rights organizations; (2) support for service delivery, including legal advice, training and counselling to 8,194 beneficiaries, including 7,574 women and girls; and (3) support for advocacy campaigns on topics such as rights of women living with disabilities, reproductive health and labour rights of women, reaching 13,458 Sri Lankans.

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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