Northern Livelihood Development Project I

What is this Project about?

The Northern Livelihood Development Project (NLDP) funded by the Government of Norway commenced on the 1st July 2012. Since then the Project has run into its third phase, with NLDP II and NLDP III running simultaneously till February 2015.

The initial focus of NLDP I was to support conflict-affected communities, particularly those socially and economically excluded in the Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts to strengthen their capacities to become self-sufficient through engagement in fair and equitable livelihood opportunities, while increasing opportunities for interaction within and between communities in the post-war era. Additional funding for the first phase of NLDP was received from the Government of New Zealand.  To ensure appropriate Project design and implementation was undertaken , extensive consultations were held with key stakeholders including the Divisional Secretariats, Department of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries, Department of Animal Production and Health, Chambers of Commerce, Producer Organizations (PO) at District level, agricultural companies, product exporters , financial institutions and the communities themselves. This consultation process identified five sectors for intervention namely, paddy, fisheries, dairy, horticulture and palmyrah (food and handicrafts). The Project focused on growing market demand (at local, regional, and national levels); promoting economic leadership of women and youth; cross-ethnic representation; vulnerability to disasters; and inclusion of a large majority of low-income households.

What have we accomplished so far?

Fifteen Producer Organizations were assisted under the first phase, with NLDP adopting a holistic approach providing asset based support in the form of infrastructure and equipment for production and processing, as well as upgraded skill and knowledge support. These have resulted in significant results, including the introduction of 19 new products into the market and enhanced production and sales of existing products. This has in turn positively impacted the members of these organizations and the local communities as a whole.

Moreover, at the end of the first phase 136 individuals interviewed from the Project reported an average earning of Rs. 9,127 (income ranging between Rs. 1,000-75,000) whilst those who did have a previous income saw their income increase by an average of 57% (income ranging between Rs. 1,160-166,667). Findings also point to a significant impact on women and youth, who were actively targeted by the Project.


  • The NLDP was implemented over a two year period starting 1st July 2012 to 30th June 2014 with a focus on enhancing the self-sufficiency of communities in the Districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, thus contributing towards the post-war rebuilding of the local economy.
  • In total, the Project reached approximately 2,058 direct beneficiaries and 19,810 indirect beneficiaries.
  • 15 Producer Organizations were supported through the Project to increase production, processing, value-addition capacities and  access to markets and services and this paved the way for the introduction of 19 new products and an increase in production of existing products
  • New self-employment opportunities as well as new jobs created for 59 persons
  • Average monthly earning of Rs. 9,127 recorded amongst those engaging in income generation for the first time.

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