The potential of community-based organizations has been shown in the success of the community contracts programme in Sri Lanka, where the community is represented by a legal entity and is involved in the planning and design of the proposed facility. It also opens a separate account for the funds involved. The community itself decides how to organize the work. In that country, from January 1986 to December 1988, a total of 83 community contracts were awarded to 70 different community development councils. The work included residential roads and drains, toilet blocks, water supply standposts, community buildings, repair and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure.