Mission is to mobilize the resources and Co-ordinate the activities of NGO’s within the National Policy Framework and make them to contribute as partners in the process of development of the country.

To ensure all the NGOs which are functioning in Sri Lanka, registered and they are functioning within the frame of Government Policies.


With the liberalization of the economy in late 1970s and the consequent relaxation of foreign exchange regulations, trade and travel restrictions, there arose a phenomenal increase in the number of foreign NGOs. With the increased flow of foreign assistance and the expansion of community and rural development, a further proliferation of NGOs was observed in the country. Since NGOs were expected to play a complementary role to that of the government, and its selfless nature, the presence and operation of NGOs was welcomed by the Government. In 1980 the Government enacted the Voluntary Social Services Organizations (Registration & Supervision) Act which sought to introduce a system of registration and supervision of activities of NGOs. However, this Act was not strictly implemented and the registration of NGOs was not strictly followed. This necessitated the government to give serious consideration to introduce a system of registration of NGOs in the Country. In 1990, The President appointed a Commission to go into the activities of NGOs and to make recommendations for their proper functioning. In 1995 the Ministry of Health, Highways & Social Services proposed certain amendments to the 1980 Act. In 1998 the draft legislation was approved by the Parliament. (Act No.8 of 1998)

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