1998 United Nations Office for Project Services in Sri Lanka
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS has supported Sri Lanka’s development since 1998, expanding operations in 2005 to support the post-tsunami response and reconstruction process.
Within the organisation’s mandate in project management, infrastructure and procurement, UNOPS implements customised socio-economic development projects that benefit vulnerable people and develop national capacities. Activities include provision of bridges, schools, hospitals, urban sewerage, drainage facilities, harbours and anchorages, and integrated waste management services.
UNOPS works closely with Government counterparts and communities to ensure increased ownership and sustainability of projects. Since 2013, UNOPS South Asia Operational Hub in Colombo has provided technical, operational and project management support to four other SAARC countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal.