Poverty Reduction

Governance for Local Economic Development (GLED)


Building on the programmatic areas, results, networks and best practices of previous UNDP Projects, UNDP's new flagship Governance for Local Economic Development Programme (GLED) implemented during 2013-2017 focuses on strengthening governance capacities at District, Divisional and Provincial levels and improving socio-economic opportunities in vulnerable regions in the country. The GLED Programme has three main Projects under it, the EU-UN Joint Intervention Supporting Integrated District Development in Sri Lanka, the Northern Livelihood Development Project and the Agro-Economic Development Project. The GLED Programme covers both areas of Poverty Reduction and Democratic Governance.  



  • EU Support to District Development ProgrammeEU Support to District Development ProgrammeThe European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) funded by the European Union is a 60-month Programme aimed at assisting Sri Lanka to make a transition from post-conflict assistance to reconstruction and development.

  • Northern Livelihood Development Project Northern Livelihood Development ProjectThe Northern Livelihood Development Project (NLDP) aims to support conflict-affected communities particularly in Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu to strengthen their capacities to become self-sufficient through engagement in equitable livelihood opportunities.

  • Agro-Economic Development ProjectAgro-Economic Development ProjectThe Agro-Economic Development Project (ADP), funded by the Government of Cananda, is a three year Project aimed at improving the livelihood opportunities of the communities in Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu.


In line with the national MDG priorities, UNDP support in the area of poverty reduction is aimed at promoting equitable and sustainable pro-poor growth and addressing regional disparities, through awareness creation, improved data collection and strengthening of planning capabilities. UNDP’s new programme cycle which came into operation in 2013, closely links the poverty reduction, democratic governance and crisis prevention and recovery pillars, under the new ‘Governance for Empowerment and Social Inclusion’ cluster. Building on the past successes, UNDP will work towards consolidating on MDG achievements, and moving from quantitative to more qualitative measures of performance, while mainstreaming MDGs in local service delivery systems.

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