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  • Today's Youth, Today's LeadersMay 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.

  • Women venture into new markets using local resourcesMay 7, 2016Women 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.

  • A “triple win” for individuals, households and community: Palm Producers’ Cooperative PandaitharippuMay 7, 2016A “triple win” for individuals, households and community: Palm Producers’ Cooperative PandaitharippuIn 2011, UNDP, under its Transition Recovery Programme undertook a market and producer assessment of the Pandaitharippu Palm Producers’ Cooperative. The assessment found that although there was a demand for palmyrah-based products, the Cooperative had limitations in accessing many of the high-value markets due to the lack of adherence to quality standards.

  • Supporting efforts to build unity, peace and mutual understanding among communities in VavuniyaMay 7, 2016Supporting efforts to build unity, peace and mutual understanding among communities in VavuniyaThe village of Pavatkulam, in Cheddikkulam, Vavuniya District, consists of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities. A few years ago, the different communities here hardly met or interacted, bitterly divided over water resources and livelihoods.

  • In Jaffna, the Palmyrah Handicrafts Centre helps uplift the lives of womenMay 7, 2016In Jaffna, the Palmyrah Handicrafts Centre helps uplift the lives of womenWe 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 much that the crafters of these products can be proud of.

  • Together, communities build back with resilienceMay 7, 2016Together, 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.

  • A better tomorrow with a common tractor May 7, 2016A better tomorrow with a common tractorThe UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) recently presented a common tractor to the Rural Development Society (RDS) in Vahanery, in the Batticaloa District, with the aim of developing the livelihood and income opportunities of the farmer community in the area.

  • Micro credit, macro hope May 7, 2016Micro credit, macro hopeWith the end of the conflict, many of those who had left their homes in the Muthalikudah West GN Division, a small riverside village in the Batticaloa District, returned to their village with new hope. However, stricken by poverty, their situation showed no sign of improving.

  • Rigithene: Uplifting a village May 7, 2016Rigithene: Uplifting a villageLarge fields greeted us upon arrival at Rigithene, a small village about 37 km away from Batticaloa Town in the Eastern Province. At the very end of the field were cement bags, some machinery and a pile of stones, signaling a busy day ahead for the engineers at work on the irrigation channel. Once this irrigation channel is complete, the villagers don’t have to wait for the rain anymore.

  • Women in Ampara take on the baton of leadershipMay 7, 2016Women 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.