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

  • Improving paddy production through adaptation technology
    Farmer in a paddy field

    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 possibilities of using rice-based products as a substitute.more

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  • With UNDP, post-war Sri Lanka takes a small first step towards inter-ethnic reconciliation
    Students of different ethnic groups engage in a game of volleyball

    The war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009 after nearly 27 years, having not only caused tremendous hardship to its people, but also fragmenting the relationships between the country’s Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities. UNDP efforts to support the reconciliation process have helped children throughout the country to understand and accept each other’s traditions, cultures, and ways of life.more

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

The goal of this four year “Sri Lanka Community Forestry Programme (CFP)” is “to improve the management of natural resources to support livelihoods and contribute to poverty reduction in the dry and intermediate zones.” The CFP is designed in line with Mahinda Chintana - Vision for the Future (2010), Haritha (Green) Lanka Strategy and Action Plan (2009) and Caring for Environment - National Environmental Action Plan for 2008 to 2012 (2008). more

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UNDP in Sri Lanka
UNDP and Sri Lanka: Partners for a New Era

As UNDP Sri Lanka moves into a new programme cycle in 2013, this publication captures the key achievements and way forward

Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012

Titled, ‘Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development’, the 2012 Sri Lanka Human Development Report, assesses the health, education, employment and governance sectors, and puts forth a set of policy recommendations to help overcome gaps