Northern Livelihood Development Project II

What is this Project about?

Phase two of the Northern Livelihood Development Project was established with the objective of improving sustainable livelihood opportunities in target communities and supporting the capacity enhancement of local level governance institutions / public sector organizations. This was done by promoting Local Economic Development (LED) activities and connecting them with improved public service delivery to incorporate and support LED initiatives in the target districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu

Through experiences gained from previous Projects a sectoral focus was adopted, namely: fisheries, paddy and palmyrah, given their potential for growth in the northern region. Continuing from the approach undertaken in NLDP I, this phase too adopts a market-based orientation as well as value-chain focus. The Project prioritizes interventions that offer high potential for employment generation and poverty reduction with a particular focus on women and youth, while emphasis is given to selecting markets that promote inter and intra community relations and enable communities to develop climate resilient livelihoods.

What have we accomplished so far?

As of October 2014 the Project has achieved the following:

  • Two fisheries based Producer Organizations in Jaffna have been producing and marketing five new products and have improved production techniques and management practices
  • 127 youth have received support to create viable business development plans and are engaged in new/ improved businesses
  • 185 persons have received employment
  • A Business and financial viability assessment and business model for a local ‘Economic Development Center’ for the Kilinochchi District has been developed.
  • 235 Grama Niladhari assessments completed as a result of training provided in ‘Results Based Management’ for government officials
  • 5S system adopted for administration functions in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu DS offices.
  • 11 Community Based Organisation forums set up at District Secretariat level to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence issues at grass root level

Highlights

  • Phase two of the NLDP commenced on August 13th 2013 and will end on February 14th 2015 with funding from the Government of Norway.
  • This phase will aim to target over 2000 direct beneficiaries
  • The Project will:
  1. Support the beneficiary organizations and individual organizations to increase their capacity to produce, process, engage in developing value added products and access markets and services. 
  2. Provide skill upgrading and new skill development increasing employability and entrepreneurship especially amongst youth and women
  3. Support the creation and promotion of innovative models/approaches for local economic decision-making, business operations and access to services
  4. Support local level government institutions to upgrade their service provision through the provision of skill training and equipmen

Through this Project:

  1. 127 youth have received support to create viable business development plans while a further 185 persons have received employment through the setting up of these new businesses.
  2. Five new fish based products have been introduced by two producer organizations. Enhanced production techniques and improved management practices have been adopted by these organizations.
  3. Grass root level development needs  identified through 235 GN assessment reports, which are to contribute to District Development Planning in future
  4. In a bid to improve service delivery the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu District Secretariat offices have begun to implement the 5S system for administration functions

 

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