Sri Lanka peace groups get World Bank grants

Jan 15, 2008 (LBO) – The World Bank is giving funds to Sri Lankan civil society organizations for projects that will focus on bringing about a sustainable peace. The bank said in a statement its Civil Society Fund, formerly the Small Grants Program, plans to award seven grants of up to $5,000 (about Rs. 500,000) in 2008.

The societies must raise an equivalent amount for completing activity within one year.

The bank seeks applications for projects that will “focus on reconciliation as a pragmatic process in which relations are rebuilt to enable coexistence helping to bring about a sustainable peace.”

Last year, seven organizations got bank grants of up to $4,600 for their work to increase participation of disabled people in public, civic, and community life.

“The Fund seeks innovative approaches that will provide a space for dialogue and engagement leading to constructive relationship building and placing communities on the road to achieving a sustainable peaceful living environment,” the World Bank said.

The ethnic conflict has undermined Sri Lanka’s development, and has stood in the way of the island realizing its enormous potential, it