The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Sri Lanka

Key partners

European Union

Government of Sri Lanka

Korea International Cooperation Agency

United Nations Sri Lanka

World Bank

UNOPS operations in Sri Lanka focus on social and economic development projects that build in-country national capacity.

From Colombo, UNOPS supports infrastructure needs at innovation, policy and implementation levels, through involvement in disaster risk reduction and management for sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

We aim to address vital climate change and environmental issues such as water resource management and solid waste management. Teams further assist with strengthening operational and technical capacities of actors at national and sub-national levels towards meeting their commitments vis-à-vis the 2030 Agenda.

Our work across the region focuses on high-quality sustainable infrastructure and procurement services, while delivering projects in a timely manner by using the most relevant technologies. These projects, implemented in cooperation with national governments, donors and UN organizations, provide social and economic benefits to vulnerable populations across South Asia and contribute to poverty eradication.

Key Information

  • UNOPS impact in Sri Lanka

    • Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems developed in two districts in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, facilitating better waste management services to more than 650,000 people in the country.
    • Supporting local economic development through the construction of 2 harbours, 6 anchorages and 15 landing sites across Sri Lanka.
    • Supported local governments with designing and constructing urban drainage management facilities to mitigate environmental and disaster damage.
    • Over 40 km of urban drainage networks have been improved or built by UNOPS to mitigate flooding in some of the most vulnerable urban areas.
    • Built approximately 450 km of roads and 11 bridges to improve connectivity and increase market access in the northern and eastern provinces.

  • 87.72%
    People using at least basic drinking water services
    People using at least basic drinking water services (% of population)

    The percentage of people using at least basic water services. This indicator encompasses both people using basic water services as well as those using safely managed water services. Read more.

    Source: (2020)

    Primary school enrollment
    School enrollment, primary (% net)

    Net enrollment rate is the ratio of children of official school age who are enrolled in school to the population of the corresponding official school age. Primary education provides children with basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills along with an elementary understanding of such subjects as history, geography, natural science, social science, art, and music.

    Source: (2016, 2018)

    Maternal mortality ratio
    Maternal mortality ratio (modeled estimate, per 100,000 live births)

    Maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die from pregnancy-related causes while pregnant or within 42 days of pregnancy termination per 100,000 live births. The data are estimated with a regression model using information on the proportion of maternal deaths among non-AIDS deaths in women ages 15-49, fertility, birth attendants, and GDP.

    Source: (2017)

    Total population

    Total population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship. The values shown are midyear estimates.

    Source: (2020)

  • Flag LK Contact Details

    UNOPS Sri Lanka

    138/2, Kynsey Road

    Colombo 07

    Sri Lanka

    Tel: +94 11 2665141

    Fax: +94 11 2665142


Active projects in the region

Key partners