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  • 20 Mar 2012
    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 possibilities of using rice-based products as a substitute.

  • 20 Mar 2012
    Handbook and Trainings for Grama Nilhadaris on Legal and Administrative Procedures

    On 21/09/11, the UNDP Equal Access to Justice Project celebrated the launch of one of its most important publications of the year, a manual to be used by Grama Niladharis (GNs) across the island to build their knowledge on the many laws and procedures that govern their day to day activities.

  • 20 Mar 2012
    The Women’s Leadership Development Project (WLDP)

    Despite relative gains against MDG indicators on gender parity in education and wage employment, Sri Lanka still performs poorly on women’s political participation, with women’s representation in national parliament standing at 5.6% which is among the lowest in South Asia and in the Provincial Councils (PCs) and Local Authorities (LAs) at under 3%.

  • 27 Feb 2012
    Independent evaluation of the Transition Recovery Programme and Support to Mine Action Project

    UNDP recently concluded an independent evaluation of its Transition Recovery Programme (TRP) and Support to Mine Action Project (SMAP) to assess how it was faring in contributing to UNDP Sri Lanka’s Country Programme results. The TRP is UNDP’s flagship programme and provides recovery support to the conflict affected populations in the North and East, while the SMAP provides management support to the mine action sector in Sri Lanka.

  • 14 Feb 2012
    Launch of “Pre-trial Detention in Sri Lanka” highlights need to reform country’s bail system and uphold the right to a speedy trial

    A new publication, “Pre-trial Detention in Sri Lanka: Reforming the System of Bail and Upholding the Right to Speedy Trial,” aims to draw attention to the concerns of remand prisoners in custody for long periods of time without bail.

  • 10 Feb 2012
    UNDP and Aitken Spence Hotels forge new partnership

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) exchanged letters of cooperation with Aitken Spence Hotels at an event held on 9 February at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo. The exchange took place between Mrs. Razina Bilgrami, Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP and Mr. Gemunu Goonawardena, Vice President, Aitken Spence Hotels.

  • 08 Feb 2012
    UNDP and Aitken Spence Hotels partnership to improve employment opportunities for youth from North and East

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will exchange letters of cooperation with Aitken Spence Hotels, as part of its efforts to work with private sector companies to create livelihood opportunities for communities in the country’s formerly conflict-affected areas.

  • 05 Feb 2012
    South Asian Regional Consultations for 2012 and 2013 Human Development Reports held in Sri Lanka

    In preparation for the 2012 and 2013 HDRs, as part of its global consultation process, UNDP’s Human Development Report Office (HDRO) held a two day regional consultation involving over 40 participants from South Asia in Colombo on the 30th and 31st of January 2012. Jointly organized by the HDRO, UNDP Sri Lanka and the Institute of Policy Studies, the event brought together policy makers, academics and civil society representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Hon. D. E. W. Gunasekera, Minister of Human Resources Development was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony.

  • 27 Jan 2012
    South Asian Regional Consultations on Human Development Reports 2012 and 2013 takes place in Sri Lanka

    South Asian Regional Consultations on Human Development Reports 2012 and 2013 takes place in Sri Lanka on January 30 and 31, 2012. A key part of a series of consultations that the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is conducting across regions, the event will allow for a narrowing of the focus of the next two Human Development Reports, UNDP’s flagship development publication.

  • 27 Dec 2011
    The National Symposium series on Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation continues

    With the anticipated accelerated development, the Sri Lankan socio political environment is poised to change significantly within the next couple of years. Development pressures combined with climate induced processes may change the potential vulnerabilities of disasters. It is therefore necessary to harness the ideas and scientific knowledge to reduce disaster risks at policy, regional and community levels.

  • 28 Nov 2011
    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 of the District Secretariat in Vavuniya, the Citizenship Branch of the Department of Immigration and Emigration and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

  • 22 Nov 2011
    UNDP Sri Lanka launches the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR)

    The Sri Lanka launch of the 2011 HDR titled, “Sustainability and Equity: A better Future for All,” was held on November 22, 2011 at the Auditorium of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in the presence of Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Environment who delivered the keynote address.

  • 08 Nov 2011
    Improving skills of Community Based Organizations

    Improving the skills and capacities of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) is crucial to ensure better service delivery and stronger community participation in the development process. Further, it is also essential to strengthen the networking capabilities of these CBO’s with Government institutions such as the District Secretariat and Divisional Secretariat to achieve them.

  • 19 Oct 2011
    From Poverty to Sustainability in Sri Lanka

    In marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation, Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, called for more detailed research and analysis of current social welfare practices to better define future programmes, as well as address issues such as their impact on labour mobility.

  • 04 Oct 2011
    Reopening of the Pulopalai West Coir Factory

    The Pulopali West Coir Factory, located in the Pachchilaipalli DS Division in Kilinochchi District, was once abuzz with activity. With raw material, such as coconut fibre, readily available in the region, the factory provided employment to a large number of women from nearby villages.

  • 27 Sep 2011
    Celebrating Inclusive Participation on International Peace Day 2011

    Based on its theme of social cohesion, the Communities for Progress (C4P II) project celebrated International Peace Day on 21st September 2011 in Vavuniya. Over 100 children, as well as parents and teachers from Ampara, Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Polonnaruwa and Vavuniya districts participated in a variety of events held on the day aimed at promoting inclusive participation and interaction among children and adults from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

  • 23 Sep 2011
    Statement of Douglas Keh UNDP Country Director at the Handing-over Ceremony of the Community-based Water and Sanitation Project, Kattankudy

  • 06 Sep 2011
    New veterinary centre at Thandiyadi to improve livestock production

    Providing access to improved veterinary services for livestock farmers will result in increased livestock production and profitability, while further strengthening the local livestock industry. For those living in the Vavunathivu DS Division in Batticaloa District, where livestock is the main source of income for nearly 4,000 families, an efficient veterinary service centre was a long-felt need.

  • 01 Sep 2011
    Celebrating International Youth Day

    Every year on August 12, the United Nations celebrate International Youth Day to recognize the efforts of young people and encourage them to be more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

  • 10 Aug 2011
    V Awards – “Shining a light on those who serve in Silence”

    V Awards is a project initiated this year by the IYV+10 National Steering Committee in collaboration with News 1st, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers [IYV+10]. The concept behind this project is to honour individuals who make extraordinary contributions to society and will identify the role models and champions who can inspire a nation to volunteer for social causes.