The EU SWITCH-Asia initiative is a joint partnership between People in Need, Cz. and local partner Janathakshan funded by the European Union on a budget of EUR 665,000. The project is focused on up-scaling biogas technologies for sustainable development, responsible tourism, economic growth contributing to poverty reduction and climate change mitigation in Sri Lanka. The project targets tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), households and public authorities in the country while building the technical capacity of manufacture and construction SMEs in biogas technologies. The project also supports micro-finance institutions to develop financial schemes providing loans for biogas installations to SMEs and households. Furthermore, the training and capacity building component of the initiative assists local construction sector to enhance its technical and entrepreneurial competences regarding manufacturing and installation of biogas systems.

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Project Areas

Central Province
Household and Farmer units 2+2
Hotel units 2
Trained MSMEs 4
Eastern Province
Household and Farmer units 27+2
Hotel units 1
Trained MSMEs 9
North Western Province
Household and Farmer units 12+18
Hotel units 2
Trained MSMEs 15
Southern Province
Household and Farmer units 11+21
Hotel units 1
Trained MSMEs 11
Western Province
Household and Farmer units 33+3
Hotel units 3
Trained MSMEs 9

Donors and Project Partners

European Union

The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. In 1957, the signature of the Treaties of Rome marked the will of the six founding countries to create a common economic space. Since then, first the Community and then the European Union has continued to enlarge and welcome new countries as members. The Union has developed into a huge single market with the euro as its common currency. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organisation spanning all areas, from development aid to environmental policy. Thanks to the abolition of border controls between EU countries, it is now possible for people to travel freely within most of the EU. It has also become much easier to live and work in another EU country.
The five main institutions of the European Union are the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the European Commission, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors. The European Union is a major player in international cooperation and development aid. It is also the world’s largest humanitarian aid donor. The primary aim of the EU’s own development policy, agreed in November 2000, is the eradication of poverty.
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The European Union (EU) has made the issue of “sustainable consumption and production” (SCP) a priority in its latest regional cooperation strategy (2007-2013) and in 2008 the European Commission launched the SWITCH-Asia programme to help interested consumers, businesses and supporting associations switch to a more sustainable paradigm.
The goal of the European Commission’s SWITCH-Asia programme is to promote economic prosperity and help reduce poverty in Asia by encouraging a sustainable growth with low environmental impact from industries and consumers, in line with international environmental agreements and processes.

Czech Republic Development Cooperation

The Czech Development Agency is an implementing body of the Czech Development Cooperation primarily focused on design and execution of bilateral development projects. CzDA has been in operation since January 1, 2008 and has been re-established by the Act on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance on July 1, 2010. The main tasks of CzechAID are to identify, formulate, implement and monitor projects in priority partner countries, to award grants to NGOs and to conduct professional training for Czech ODA staff. CzDA actively cooperates with NGOs as well as private sector, namely with the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS), association of NGOs, and theEntrepreneurs’ Platform for Development Cooperation (PPZRS), association of businesses.


People in Need

People in Need is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based on the ideas of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity. The organisation considers human dignity and freedom to be the basic values and believes that people anywhere in the world should have a right to make decisions about their lives and to share the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
People in Need strive for open, informed, engaged and responsible society that would be able to address problems at home as well as in the world. The organisation wants to actively participate in shaping a society where cultural, ethnic, racial and other differences are a source of enrichment rather than conflict.
People in Need consider itself as an intrinsic part of the civil society. Their work is based not only on personal initiatives and activity of hundreds of employees and volunteers, both in the Czech Republic and in dozens of other countries, but also on trust and support endowed by individuals, businesses, governments and international institutions.



Janathakshan (GTE) Limited is a not for profit company established in 2011 to promote sustainable and green solutions in development to Sri Lanka and beyond. Janathakshan; meaning “people’s technology” or “technology for people” roots itself in the work of Practical Action, a technology based INGO operated in Sri Lanka for over two decades and envisages the same vision and values of Practical Action founder E. F. Schumacher’s philosophy. The existence of Janathakshan (GTE) Limited ensures the sustainability of knowledge based networks and expert knowledge to serve future practitioners, development agencies, researchers, students, academics and decisions makers.



Provincial Biogas Promotion Committees

The Provincial Biogas Promotion Committees or PBPs are a committee made up of individuals representing various local government offices and authorities. The premise behind setting up these PBPs is to ensure the sustenance of biogas promotion throughout and after the end of the project period.

Pictures of meetings and events organised by the PBPs can be found on our Facebook page.



People in Need
Country Director Hugo Agostinho [email protected]
Deputy Project Director Tuan Arifeen [email protected]
Finance Officer Janet Ragel [email protected]
Quality Assurance Officer Pasindu Weerasooriya [email protected]
Hotel Promotions Officer Sutheshkumar Nagalingam [email protected]
CEO Ranga Pallawala [email protected]
Project Manager Damitha Samarakoon [email protected]
Field Engineer Mahesh Weerasooriya [email protected]
Technical Officer Anula Anton [email protected]
Extension Officer Lalith Aruna [email protected]
Communications Officer Senashia Ekanayake [email protected]
Finance Officer Gayani Jayakodi [email protected]
Intern Chethana Rajapaksha [email protected]