Creating a shared platform to ensure inclusion and enable a collective dialogue

Chrysalis aimed to help increase civic education and engagement of CSOs around key policy reforms, constitutional reforms, new systems, acts and together hold elected representatives and duty bearers accountable as well as enable them to undertake policy analysis and dialogue at the division, district and regional levels in an inclusive and collective manner.

  • Empowered and transformed grassroots level CSOs to become agents for policy dialogue and hold duty bearers and elected officials accountable.
  • Improved transparency, accountability and effectiveness of national, provincial and local governance structures is a challenge Sri Lanka
  • Improved collaboration between citizens and duty bearers, thereby enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in delivering public services.
  • Established mechanisms to increase meaningful dialogue between grassroots level CSOs and parliamentary and constitutional reform committees by establishing shared platforms and forums.

This project primarily aimed at working with CSOs representatives, state officials and women councilors on key policies and acts. Further, it provided training programmes that will teach state officials about the services they are obliged to offer to citizens, while guiding CSOs to hold duty bearers and politicians accountable. Therefore, this would also serve as a mechanism to bring a wider range of issues to the attention of authorities and facilitate improvements in local participatory processes and the equitable provision of local services to benefit all citizens.


  • Conducted Training programmes for CSOs and local government women councilors.
  • Established two grassroots level CSO federations.
  • Conducted capacity building for officials on roles and function of committees and commissions.
  • Established district and provincial women councilors caucuses.
  • Facilitated collaboration between CSOs and state officials.
  • Established¬† ‘Town Hall’ – shared platforms for policy dialogues.
  • Linked provincial Women’s Caucuses with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and SOC on Gender and Women.
  • Created and maintained a “Base Camp” for political dialogue and action.
  • Published a process documentation.
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