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  • Women at the Forefront of Business ExpansionMar 8, 2016Women at the Forefront of Business ExpansionIf you’re considering a trip to the Northern Province, do consider visiting the UNDP-supported ‘Punkuduthivu Food Manufacturers’ to purchase spicy Jaffna Chillie Powder and meet Thamalini!

  • Today's Youth, Today's LeadersMar 7, 2016Today's Youth, Today's Leaders“I was not always independent and self-confident. Quite the contrary; I was extremely shy. But now I make a conscious effort to advocate for equality in our society. Someone has to stand up!” says Sumangala, a YLDP Participant.

  • Strengthening governance in Sri Lanka’s EastJan 4, 2016Strengthening governance in Sri Lanka’s EastWhen the newly-elected members of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Provincial Council took office in 2008 they had a daunting task ahead of them. Their Provincial Council was being re-established after a period of 20 years that was mainly marred by war. Young and energetic, most of the newly-elected members, among them ex-combatants, found themselves working in government for the first time.

  • Milk for ‘Wholesome’ Empowerment: Life after War Oct 7, 2015Milk for ‘Wholesome’ Empowerment: Life after WarAt 25 years she is the General Manager of the Poonakary Livestock Breeders’ Cooperative Society (PLIBCO) in Killinochchi, Sri Lanka. She has the overall responsibility for managing both the revenue and cost elements of 10 Milk Collection Centers of the Cooperative. Smart, skillful, determined and passionate – Meet Thevaseelan Keetha.

  • Together, communities build back with resilienceJul 21, 2015Together, communities build back with resilienceAusAID, UNDP and other partners initiated “Strengthening Disaster Management Capacities in Conflict Affected North and East,” a project to create village resilience development plans for vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka.

  • Women in Ampara take on the baton of leadershipJul 3, 2015Women in Ampara take on the baton of leadershipK. Lalith Kulanayake was recently elected to the Lahugala Pradeshiya Sabha, becoming the first woman to serve in a local government authority in the Lahugala Division in Ampara District, a region where female political participation is among the lowest in the country.

  • Women venture into new markets using local resourcesJul 3, 2015Women venture into new markets using local resourcesMrs. Bernatheth is a 53 year old widow with three children living below an income of Rs. 3,200 per month. Although she has received government and donor support for the construction of her house destroyed during the war, she has been unable to complete the remaining construction work due to her low income. At times, she had had to depend on her children dropping out of school to help her earn an income through casual labour.

  • Where Passion Promotes Economic DevelopmentJun 24, 2015Where Passion Promotes Economic Development"Each morning I wake up excited about what is in store for me because each day is very different.” Under the EU funded SDDP, 25 Economic Development Officers (EDOs), were trained. Find out what its like to be an EDO?

  • Success of Women EntrepreneursJun 24, 2015Success of Women EntrepreneursMs. R. Satkuneswary from Mullaitivu and Ms. Murugamoorthy Calista Rosemary from Jaffna have been involved in home based businesses. Both these women are now beneficiaries of UNDP’s Youth Enterprise Development Programme under the Norway funded NLDP II.

  • A Taste of ‘Sweet’ SuccessJun 24, 2015A Taste of ‘Sweet’ SuccessThe people of the village of Pandaththeruppu in Jaffna have been dependent on toddy tapping for years and have been marginalized due to the negative factors associated with this profession. The lives of these families have now undergone a transformational change.