UNDP and the UN System
With over 20 UN agencies operating in Sri Lanka, either with a presence in the country or through programmes managed from regional offices, there are tremendous opportunities for agencies to increase their impacts through joint programming, coordination and harmonization. UNDP has played a central and often catalytic role in taking forward the ‘delivering as one’ agenda. In all its activities, UNDP consults closely with other UN agencies through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The 2013-2017 UNDAF has four pillars: (1) equitable economic growth and sustainable livelihoods; (2) disparity reduction, equitable and quality social services; (3) governance, human rights, gender equality, social inclusion and protection; (4) environment and climate change.
In leading joint early recovery efforts, UNDP established Early Recovery Coordination units in each of the eight conflict-affected districts. Working closely with national partners, these units engaged humanitarian and development agencies in conducting joint assessments and planning activities, with a view to ensuring appropriate sequencing of support. Under the Joint Programme on Human Rights developed in 2008, UNDP has worked closely with UNFPA and the UN Senior Human Rights Advisor to support the formulation of the National Human Rights Action Plan and the strengthening of the Human Rights Commission.
Recovery Coordination Initiative
In 2009-2010, UNDP funded and led the implementation of an integrated recovery coordination initiative in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agencies designed and delivered a coordinated and coherent package of recovery assistance to over 2,000 newly resettled communities in the Batticaloa district, building on the others’ niche mandates and comparative advantages. The initiative now serves as a model for other integrated efforts, such as an agricultural recovery intervention in the Northern districts that began in 2011 and involves FAO and UNDP.
Joint Programme on Prevention and Response to Gender-based Violence (Ongoing: 2010-2013)
Funded through the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, the Joint Programme on Prevention of and Response to Gender-based Violence brings together UNDP, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNHCR and the ILO. The programme supports national partners in the health, criminal justice, law enforcement, employment and social service sectors to reduce violence through multi-sectoral interventions and effective implementation of laws and policies. UNDP has focused on sensitization campaigns targeting judges, lawyers and police officers, and has used community mobilization to set up a referral network for survivors of violence. Two help desks have been created in Trincomolee and Jaffna.
Integrated Programme for Empowering Conflict-Affected Communities to Rebuild their Lives in North and East Sri Lanka (Ongoing: 2009-2013)
With funding through the UN Human Security Trust Fund, UNDP, UNICEF and the ILO implement the Integrated Programme for Empowering Conflict-Affected Communities to Rebuild their Lives in North and East Sri Lanka. A comprehensive response to addressing vulnerabilities among women and children. it focuses on strengthening the capacities of key institutions for protection, as well as working with communities to increase access to services and build sustainable livelihoods. Through its Equal Access to Justice Project, UNDP has contributed by raising legal awareness, improving access to legal aid in communities and supporting documentation services at the divisional level. UNDP reaches out to vulnerable women and children, and links these groups with UNICEF and the ILO.
EU-UN joint intervention supporting regional development in North and East Sri Lanka (Ongoing: 2012 – 2017)
Over the next five years, UNDP will work with UNICEF, UNOPS, FAO, ILO and IFC of the World Bank Group to implement the EU-UN joint intervention supporting regional development in North and East Sri Lanka. With grant assistance amounting to approx. LKR 9 billion (approx.USD 70 Million), the programme is aimed at benefitting the districts of Ampara, Batticalo,a Vavuniya and Mannar. This Programme consists of three main components, including support to poverty reduction and provision of basic infrastructure and services for vulnerable populations, support to local economic development and strengthening of local governance and is expected to be carried out in close collaboration with the district and provincial authorities with interventions identified based on the priorities laid down in the District and Regional Development Plans.