The Rule of Law Collaborative was awarded a two-year extension to its Sri Lanka Program worth close to half a million dollars






South Asia

The University of South Carolina’s Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) was awarded a two-year extension on its existing think tank capacity building project in Sri Lanka. The award, issued by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, will provide an additional $469,062 to support the activities that have been conducted by ROLC over the past three years. Through the project, ROLC provides Sri Lankan think tanks with research and organizational capacity building assistance, as well as helping Sri Lankan researchers connect with peers around the world. Since Sri Lanka defaulted on its national debt last summer, think tanks have played a crucial role in providing objective research and information to the public. This helps to stabilize Sri Lankan democracy in this difficult moment. ROLC’s program in Sri Lanka established a groundbreaking mentorship initiative where University of South Carolina researchers served as mentors to Sri Lankan think tanks. The program also promotes research on gender and minority rights, as well as helping highlight the country’s economic and environmental challenges.