Sri Lanka National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP)

Reporting Organization:Alinea International Ltd.
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 10,850,000
Timeframe: May 17, 2018 - March 31, 2023
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Marisa Consolata Kemper
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Alinea International Ltd.

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Sri Lanka - $ 10,850,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (40 %)

Law, Governance & Public Policy (40 %)

Education (10 %)

Gender Equality (10 %)

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The National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP) is a 4.5 year, $10.85M Government of Canada funded project that is designed to strengthen the implementation of the Sri Lankan Official Languages Policy (OLP) by government actors. Putting linguistic rights, broader human rights and gender equality front and center, NLEAP builds on the will of the Sri Lankan national government to protect and promote the language rights of all its citizens through its support for implementation of the OLP by the Ministry of National Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages (MoNIROL) and its affiliated institutions: the National Institute of Language Education and Training (NILET), the Department of Official Languages (DOL), and the Parliamentary entity overseeing implementation, the Official Languages Commission (OLC).

The NLEAP project represents Canada’s commitment to support Sri Lankan aspirations to foster reconciliation, national unity, peace and security through leveraging language rights to broaden inclusion. It equally provides a vehicle through which the Government of Sri Lanka effectively demonstrates its commitment to the progressive realization of constitutional linguistic rights through implementation of the Official Language Policy. The project results of a bilateral agreement between the Government of Canada, represented by Global Affairs and the Government of Sri Lanka, represented by the Ministry of National Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages (MoNIROL); the project was awarded to Agriteam Canada Consulting for implementation through a competitive tendering process concluded in April 2018.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men
Descriptors: Local minority groups Language minority groups
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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$2 million Locally Administered Fund developed and implemented
Forums set up for consultation between civil society organizations and various stakeholders
TA provided to key ministries
TA provided to selected state universities
TA provided to the Official Languages Commission
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The Ultimate Outcome for the project is Reduced poverty and improved economic and social equality of Tamil and Sinhala speaking women and men throughout Sri Lanka. The Intermediate Outcomes are: (1) Strengthened implementation of the Sri Lankan Official Languages Policy (OLP) by government actors in a gender-sensitive manner; (2) Strengthened effectiveness of gender-sensitive bilingual public services; and (3) Enhanced acceptance by Sri Lankan men and women of the cultural diversity and bilingual nature of their country.

Achieved Results

The project is in its first year of implementation.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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