Sri Lanka

Promoting Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

USAID, in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, launched the YouLead! initiative to support youth employability, vocational skills development and entrepreneurship. Global Communities is working with the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) and other partners to implement the program and help young Sri Lankans become more competitive in the labor market.

Building Cohesion and Reconciliation in Communities

Under the USAID-funded Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) program, Global Communities is working with the Government of Sri Lanka and local civil society organizations to address underlying challenges to reconciliation. The program works by promoting a shared and inclusive Sri Lankan identity, reducing socio-economic disparities, and strengthening cohesion and resilience among multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities. The activities focus on expanding citizen-driven initiatives and networks among local communities and supporting those affected by the war. The program is also working to strengthen local governments and community-based organizations that provide critical services to the most needy and increase access to psychosocial services. Additionally, the project aims to increase opportunities for youth and women to exercise leadership in promoting responsible citizenship and reconciliation.