Sri Lanka

Support for Mine Action

Last updated: 11 December 2017

In 2016, international contributions from four states supporting clearance and risk education activities in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka totaled US$4.6 million, which represents a decrease of more than $1 million (18%) compared to 2015.[1]

The largest contributions came from the United States (US) ($2.5 million) and Japan ($1.4 million) for clearance and risk education activities, and represented more than 90% of total international support in 2016.

Sri Lanka has never reported its financial contribution to its mine action program. However, in a speech on the 2012 budget, President Mahinda Rajapaksa indicated that it was substantial, stating that since 2009 the army has been engaged in demining, rebuilding, and urban development at a cost of LKR5.4 billion (approximately US$42 million).[2]

International contributions: 2016[3]

Donor

Sector

Amount (national currency)

Amount (US$)

US

Clearance and risk education

$2,500,000

2,500,000

Japan

Clearance

¥154,161,266

1,418,749

Canada

Clearance

C$569,386

429,952

United Kingdom

Clearance and risk education

£173,036

234,550

Total

 

 

4,583,251

 

Since 2012, international contributions to mine action in Sri Lanka totaled about $41.5 million, and averaged some $8 million per year. In comparison, international support for mine action in Sri Lanka totaled $91.5 million in 2007–2011 (and averaged $18 million per year).

International assistance to mine action has considerably declined in recent years, dropping from $12.5 million in 2012 to just $4.6 million in 2015 (a 63% decrease).

Summary of contributions: 2012–2016[4]

Year

Amount (US$)

% change from previous year

2016

4,583,251

-18

2015

5,614,583

-34

2014

8,449,142

-19

2013

10,372,587

-17

2012

12,490,824

-49

Total

41,510,387

 

 



[1] Canada, Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form J, 21 July 2017; Japan, Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form J, 30 April 2017; United Kingdom, Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form J, 30 April 2017; and email from Steve Costner, Deputy Office Director, Weapons Removal and Abatement, United States (US) Department of State, 30 October 2017.

[2] Ministry of Economic Development, “2012 Budget 100 Proposals for Development His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the 2012 budget proposals to the parliament,” undated. Average exchange rate for 2012: LKR127.231=US$1, Oanda.com, Historical Exchange Rates.

[3] Average exchange rate for 2016: C$1.3243=US$1; ¥108.66=US$1; £1=US$1.3555. US Federal Reserve, “List of Exchange Rates (Annual),” 4 January 2017.

[4] See previous Monitor reports. Totals for international support in 2015 and 2014 have been rectified as a result of revised US funding data.