Sri Lanka

Map Sri Lanka

International cooperation between Germany and Sri Lanka on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) began in 1994. GIZ currently has 102 national and 14 international personnel working in-country.

Sri Lanka is undergoing a phase of post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, which is generating high rates of growth. In May 2009, more than 25 years of civil war between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in victory for the government forces. Thanks to its strong economic growth, Sri Lanka is now classed as a lower middle income country by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and has made substantial progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

With support from important neighbouring countries such as China and India and from multilateral donors, the Government of Sri Lanka is forging ahead with the reconstruction and expansion of the country’s infrastructure. It is also fostering the reintegration of displaced persons and refugees and implementing political and social reforms. This is intended to boost the economy and reduce social and ethnic inequality and inequity, thereby mitigating the potential for further conflict.

German development cooperation with Sri Lanka currently focuses on the priority area of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. In line with this priority, GIZ implements projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the following sectors:

  • education
  • social integration
  • private sector development
  • vocational training.

Since 2011, GIZ has been implementing a project to support the Zero Emissions Strategy in the Maldives. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and is managed by GIZ’s country office in Colombo.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Sri Lanka
Country Director
Randa Kourieh-Ranarivelo

Office address
GIZ Office Sri Lanka
6, Jawatte Avenue Colombo 5 Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 2599713 -6
Fax: +94 11 2551525

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