|Reporting Organization:||Alinea International Ltd.|
|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 10,850,000|
|Timeframe:||May 17, 2018 - March 31, 2023|
Marisa Consolata Kemper
|Sri Lanka - $ 10,850,000.00 (100.00%)|
|Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (40 %)|
|Law, Governance & Public Policy (40 %)|
|Education (10 %)|
|Gender Equality (10 %)|
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.
|Gender and age:||Adult women Adult men|
|Descriptors:||Local minority groups Language minority groups|
|Total Direct Population:||Unspecified|
|$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|
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.
The project is in its first year of implementation.