Toward sustainable water and sanitation services in Sri Lanka: beyond sustainable development goals to supporting the national economic vision

Sri Lanka’s ambitious goals for economic growth and joining the community of uppermiddle-income countries call for setting high standards for the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector. To support the country’s growth objectives, the sector should aim beyond the Sustainable Development Goals for WSS and move toward physically, financially, and environmentally sustainable service delivery that responds to the increasing expectations of consumers and the needs of a growing economy. The objective of this joint case study is to review the experience of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the World Bank in supporting Sri Lanka in the WSS sector. The case study reviews the collective experience of the three institutions over the 10-year period 2007–16 and makes recommendations on how the three development partners can better coordinate and contribute to the sector in the context of the country’s larger economic goals.