What We Do

UNDP works with national partners to help people achieve inclusive and sustainable human development. We address regional disparities by strengthening local economies and governance systems able to deliver social services in an equitable manner, while helping disadvantaged communities to access justice systems and legal aid. We also work to protect the environment and develop national capacities to respond to disasters and mitigate the risk they pose.

Our Goals

UNDP works with national and local partners and institutions to increase their capacity to plan, implement, monitor and sustain inclusive, socio-economic development. We aim to create sustainable livelihoods and protect human rights, with special attention to the needs of the marginalized— including conflict-affected communities, women-headed households, and youth. At the same time we support the national agenda for sustainable development, promoting policies designed to strengthen natural resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction. more

UNDP and Sri Lanka - Partners for a new era

Emerging from three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka looks to the future with hope. In an era of renewed peace and stability, this vibrant country is now in a position to boost economic growth and achieve equitable and sustainable human development. UNDP works hand in hand with national partners to realize this vision.

Our Stories

  • Today'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 from Batticaloa. more

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Projects and Initiatives

UNDP Access to Justice project in action

Equal Access to Justice Phase II

The Equal Access to Justice Project – Phase II was developed to deepen and orient the activities of Phase I of the Equal Access to Justice Project within a conflict prevention framework, while also continuing the shift of the primary focus to the East and North, as well as to the estate sector, and addressing trust/confidence-building, gender-equity, peaceful conflict resolution and mediation. more

Sri Lanka Community Forestry Programme

Community Forestry Management recognizes that the communities themselves are in a better position to protect forests and so a four year project titled Community Forestry Programme has been initiated. more

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UNDP in Sri Lanka
UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report 2016

The report, entitled “Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development”, notes that Asia-Pacific countries now have more working-aged people and fewer dependents than at any point in history, providing a springboard for growth. Region-wide, 68 percent of people are of working age and only 32 percent are dependents. 

Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2014

The Sri Lanka National Human Development Report 2014 on Youth and Development explores the challenges of young people and opportunities for development, in the areas of education, employment, health, political participation and social integration, with gender as a cross-cutting theme.