Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Located in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island nation about the same size as Tasmania.  The population of Sri Lanka is 20.8 million, with 2.3 million people living in the capital city of Colombo. The official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, though English is commonly used in government.

Sri Lanka’s economy has grown steadily since the end of civil conflict in 2009. Despite Sri Lanka’s emergence as a middle-income country, disparities in income and access to basic services and infrastructure remain.

Australian aid supports poor Sri Lankans, particularly women, to access economic opportunities and influence policy-makers in support of enterprise. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and Sri Lanka.

AVID priorities

  • Education

  • Economic growth

“It makes me immensely proud to say that we are building the capacity of government institutions and the private sector in communities that were affected by civil conflict and the tsunami of 2004. We also work in some of the most disadvantaged provinces in the country.  The Sri Lankan people value the concept of volunteerism very highly and welcome our volunteers very warmly.”

– Sri Lanka In-Country Manager, Ruvanthi Sivapragasam


Scope Global is no longer recruiting for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. AVID will conclude on 31 December 2017. Volunteers on assignment at that time will be supported to transition to the new Australian Volunteers program. More information about the new Australian Volunteers program can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website.