Sri Lanka


Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

The purpose of the Regional WASH Innovation Challenge will be to identify innovative solutions to promote handwashing with soap that can be implemented to scale in the South Asia region. The promotion will focus on:

  • Improving education and awareness of handwashing with soap, identifying the benefits of using soap, understanding of proper handwashing techniques, and critical times for handwashing;
  • Behaviour change, resulting in and sustaining the increase of good practice of handwashing with soap, using proper techniques and at critical times; and
  • Health impact where the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections is reduced, improving children’s health and mitigating the risk of preventable child deaths.

For Clean Water, Villagers in Sri Lanka Look to an Ancient Solution to an Age-Old Problem

For nearly 30 years, communities in Alankerny in northern Sri Lanka suffered the consequences of conflict and displacement. In 2009, the conflict ended and communities in the region returned home to face a host of challenges, including the lack of clean water. Salinity of groundwater in this predominantly agro-based village is so high that it can neither be used for drinking nor for agriculture. The water problem has been exacerbated by extended droughts over the past several years.


South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Phase III - Final Evaluation

From November 8 through December 31, 2010, a four-person team representing Social Impact (SI) and subcontractor, Management Systems International (MSI), evaluated Phase III of the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy (SARI/E). The team was composed of David Garner (team leader), Linda Kalver (coteam leader), Senior Energy Analyst Gopinath Iyengar, an Indian national from Bangalore and Devendra Adhikari, Nepalese citizen, also a senior energy analyst. After initial preparations in Washington, D.C. and New Delhi, the team divided into two smaller sub-teams.