Our Stories

image

Citizenship Certificate Distribution Ceremony

  On 2nd of November 2011, more than 80 children born to Sri Lankan families in India received confirmation of their Sri Lankan Citizenship during a ceremony held in Vavuniya. The initiative was conducted as part of the activities under UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project with the support ofmore

image

Citizen’s Charter: Improving local government service delivery

In 2009, UNDP, under its Local Governance Project (LoGoPro), stepped in to support the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs to further develop and promote the Citizen’s Charter, a set of commitments by the Government towards the people on the standard of the services it provides, inclumore

image

Confident to challenge

Two thirds of the households in the Mullivettawan GN Division in Batticaloa are engaged in the fisheries sector. They fish from a small canoe using a hand net or by installing a stationary lift net at a specific depth for a period of time. However, the fisheries sector in the area was severely affecmore

image

Fearless and confident, women lead the way for change in Ampara District

In Ampara District in Eastern Sri Lanka, 27 women are doing remarkable things for their communities. K. Lalith Kulanayake ran for local elections recently, and made history as the first female to serve in a local government body in the remote division of Lahugala. A.M. Mahira lifted the lid on the more

image

Helping communities obtain vital legal documentation

S. Mangaleswaran is happy that she was able to obtain the birth certificate for her child. Just a few feet away from her, I. Nallaiyah is only too glad to display the elder’s Identity Card she has just received, while a young couple is busily filling in an application form in order to obtain their mmore

image

Home at last

The day Bavani (30) returned to her home village in Uppamaveli, in the Maritimepattu DSD in Eastern Mulaitivu, was one of joy but also sadness. “We had never expected to ever come back here again,” she said smiling. But when she did return she found that the two houses that they had almost completedmore

image

Improving paddy production through adaptation technology

Paddy is the staple food crop in Sri Lanka. It is also a major employment avenue in rural areas. Sri Lanka, aims to increase the present annual paddy production of 3.1 million tons to about 4.5 million tons by 2020. Increased cost of imported wheat flour has prompted Sri Lanka to look at the possibimore

image

In Jaffna, the Palmyrah Handicrafts Centre helps uplift the lives of women

We are greeted by an array of colourful products, made out of palmyrah, found in abundance in Northern Sri Lanka, as we step into the sales center of the Palmyrah Handicrafts (Guarantee) Limited. The sales centre was established this year and is today bustling with activity.  And, there is muchmore

image

Dharsha: Looking to the future with hope and optimism

Displaced several times due to the conflict, the villagers in Piramanthanaru in Kilinochchi District in Northern Sri Lanka, faced severe hardships. Dharsha has become an avid community leader since she came back from displacement in 2009. In 2010, UNDP provided her with a sewing machine. That was jumore

image

Making friends for life through UNDP’s Communities for Peace project

Thirteen year old Ravindu Dilshan Edirisinghe is a student of the Janakapura Maha Vidyalaya in Weli Oya, in the North- East of Sri Lanka. Ravindu and his 6 year old sister Tharushi have been living with their parents in the Weli Oya area, throughout the civil war that raged in the North and East. Hmore