September 13, 2020 Sri Lanka Agriculture, Education and Health, ICT/Financial Inclusion

BPP Sri Lanka Call for Partnerships

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Through the Business Partnerships Platform, the Australian Government called for inclusive business partnerships to help support COVID-19 recovery in Sri Lanka.

The COVID-19 global health pandemic has resulted in widespread impact for countries and economies across the Indo-Pacific. People are losing their livelihoods and businesses have been disrupted.

The BPP’s COVID-19 Recovery Partnerships will help businesses to create livelihood opportunities, enhance gender equality and support green and resilient economic recovery.

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Focus sectors

The BPP COVID recovery partnerships in Sri Lanka will support business innovation, supply chain recovery, and market expansion.

Partnerships will work in one of the following sectors in Sri Lanka:

  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Agriculture technology and fisheries
  • Online education and education technology
  • Financial inclusion

Funding amount

BPP COVID-19 Recovery Partnerships will receive from AUD100,000 to AUD500,000 in funding to scale a business initiative for social impact. Applicants will match or exceed BPP funding through cash and in-kind investment. The BPP also supports partnerships through independent partnership brokers and business, gender and inclusion advisers.


A partnership will be with a business on its own or in a consortium with other businesses, social enterprises, investors, non-government organisations or other types of organisations. Applicants are a registered business or other recognised registration/accreditation body and have a financial history. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will undertake a due diligence process before entering a contract with successful applicants.

Initiative length

Partnerships will have an implementation period of between one and three years in their application. The implementation period will fall between 01 April 2021 and 30 June 2024.

Applications have now closed. 

Application timeline

  • 14 September 2020: Applications open
  • 4 November 2020: Applications closed
  • December/January 2020: Shortlisted applicants invited to discuss the concept note in more detail
  • February 2021: Full proposals due (shortlisted applicants will be supported to  submit a full proposal)
  • March 2021: Kick-off meetings
  • May 2021: Implementation begins

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