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  • USAID/CORE Quarterly Report X January 1 March 31, 2011 Page 1

    SRI LANKA CONNECTING REGIONAL ECONOMIES (USAID/CORE)

    Quarterly Report X, January - March 2011

    April 30, 2010 This publication was produced for review by the United States Agency for International Development. It

    was prepared by AECOM International Development.

  • USAID/CORE Quarterly Report X January 1 March 31, 2011 Page 2

    His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse launching the Ministry of Agricultures cyber center initiative which received support from USAID to establish four farmer-owned and operated cyber centers in the Monaragala District, in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Ministers of Uva and Sabaragamuwa, US Embassy, USAID and USAID/CORE officials in February 2011.

    Prepared under the USAID contract number 383-C-00-08-00500-00, Sri Lanka Connecting Regional Economies (USAID/CORE) Project.

    AECOM Principal Contact: Cecilia Ciepella AECOM Vice President Economic Growth AECOM International Development 2101 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22201 USA Tel: +1-703-682-0063 or +1-703-522-7444 Email: cecilia.ciepella@aecom.com

    In Sri Lanka: Hammond Murray-Rust Chief of Party USAID/CORE Project 34 Gower St. Colombo 5 Tel: +94-11-585-5574/8, +94-11-255-3082/6 Fax: +94-11-255-3036 Email: hammondm@core.lk

  • USAID/CORE Quarterly Report X January 1 March 31, 2011 Page 3

    SRI LANKA CONNECTING REGIONAL ECONOMIES (USAID/CORE)

    Quarterly Report X, January - March 2011

    DISCLAIMER

    The authors views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the United States Government.

  • USAID/CORE Quarterly Report X January 1 March 31, 2011 Page 4

    Acronyms AABP Anoma Agro Based Products (Pvt) Ltd ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line AIC Advanced Information Consulting (Pvt) Ltd AIs Agriculture Instructors AO Assistance Objective AVC Audio Visual Center BBT Business Basics Training BOQ Bill of Quantity BPO Business Process Outsourcing CBL CBL Foods International (Pvt) Ltd. CCC Ceylon Chamber of Commerce CCHA Consultative Committee for Humanitarian

    Assistance CIC CIC Mahaweli Livestock and Dairies (Pvt) Ltd CMC Ceylon Mushroom Company CIMS College of Information and Management

    Sciences COP Chief of Party CORE Connecting Regional Economies DAPH Department of Animal Production and Health DEEP Dairy Enhancement in the Eastern Province

    Program DCOP Deputy Chief of Party DoA Department of Agriculture DS Divisional Secretariat DSL Digital Subscriber Line DQA Data Quality Assessment EP Eastern Province ESMO Ekamuthu Self Managed Organization FOG Fixed Obligation Grant GGS Govi Gnana Seva (Farmer Information Service) GMP Good Manufacturing Practices GoSL Government of Sri Lanka GN Grama Niladhari (Village Officer) HACCP Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points HNB Hatton National Bank HORDI Horticultural Crop Research Development

    Institute ICT Information and Communication Technology IOM International Organization for Migration IPHT Institute of Post-Harvest Technology IR Intermediate Results KIRDO Kebithigollewa Integrated Rural Development

    Organization LKR Sri Lanka Rupee LNP Link Natural Products (Pvt) Ltd. LOP Life of Project M&E Monitoring and Evaluation MBSL Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka MOED Ministry of Economic Development MOU Memorandum of Understanding MSEO Marumalarchy Social Elevation Organization

    MSME Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise MVDO Mahasen Village Development Organization NAC National Agribusiness Council NEEDS New Eastern Economic Development System NCP North Central Province NGO Non-Governmental Organization NIFNE National Institute of Fisheries and Nautical

    Engineering OFC Other Field Crops PDIL Pelwatte Dairy Industries (Pvt) Ltd PFI Partner Financial Institutions PMP Performance Monitoring Plan PMI Program Management Indicator RDA Road Development Authority RISEN Reintegration and Stabilization of the East and

    North SEDOT Socio Economic Development Organization of

    Trincomalee SEEDS Sarvodaya Economic Enterprise Development

    Services SCDRO Seruvila Community Development and

    Rehabilitation Organization SLTDA Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority SLBDC Sri Lanka Business Development Center SLSI Sri Lanka Institute of Standards SLT Sri Lanka Telecom SME Small and Medium Enterprise SO Strategic Objectives SOCCO Settler Out Grower Cane Cultivators

    Organization SOW Scope of Work SFFO Sri Sumangala Farmer Organization STTA Short-Term Technical Assistance SuRG Supporting Regional Governance ToT Training of Trainers TBD To be determined UNDP United Nations Development Program UNWTO United Nations World Tourism Organization UP Uva Province UPP Unlimited Potential Partnership USAID US Agency for International Development USD United States Dollar USG US Government VEGA Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance VOVCOD Voluntary Organization for Vulnerable

    Community Development VT Vocational Training WFD Workforce Development WRF Warehouse Receipt Financing

  • USAID/CORE Quarterly Report X January 1 March 31, 2011 Page 5

    Contents Executive Summary......................................................................................................................... 7 Part I ............................................................................................................................................... 11 Project Summary ........................................................................................................................... 11 Section A ......................................................................................................................................... 13 Overall Accomplishments ............................................................................................................. 20 Section B ......................................................................................................................................... 22 Overcoming Challenges ................................................................................................................ 23 Part 2 .............................................................................................................................................. 27 Project Accomplishments by Results .......................................................................................... 27 Project Framework ........................................................................................................................ 28 Component 1 ................................................................................................................................. 29 Component 2 ................................................................................................................................. 33 Component 3 ................................................................................................................................. 41 Component 4 ................................................................................................................................. 45 Component 5 ................................................................................................................................. 49 Cross-Cutting ................................................................................................................................ 51 Grants Program ............................................................................................................................... 51 Outreach and Communications ........................................................................................................ 53 Monitoring & Evaluation ................................................................................................................... 54 Project Management........................................................................................................................ 56 Appendices .................................................................................................................................... 74 Appendix A. Past and Current Partners............................................................................................ 75 Appendix B. Current and Pipeline Short-Term Technical Assistance ................................................ 82 Appendix C. Technical Training conducted in Quarter X ................................................................... 84 Appendix D. Meeting the Targets ..................................................................................................... 86 Appendix D. Expenditure Analysis Accrued Expenditure vs. Budget .............................................. 88 Appendix E. Expenditure Analysis ................................................................................................... 89

    List of Tables Table 1. Summary of Project Beneficiaries ....................................................................................... 13 Table 2. Major Results and Achievements in Quarter X .................................................................... 14 Table 3: USAID Reporting Requirement for Reporting Year F Indicators and Financial Summary .. 17 Table 4: Program Indicators Monitored as per the PMP Requirements ............................................. 19 Table 5. New, Current, and Former Partners .................................................................................... 22 Table 6. Planned Outreach Activities for Quarter XI ......................................................................... 22 Table 7. Status of Component 2 Beneficiaries .........