Training programmes for Grama Niladharis in Batticaloa

05 Aug 2011

Providing improved services to the public and responding to their needs in an efficient manner are vital for further development of the country, and have been top priorities of both the Government and the UNDP. Strong public-service delivery systems and mechanisms will help meet this end. In this context, UNDP supported the Grama Niladharis (GNs) in Batticaloa District to develop their capacity in order to provide a better service to the general public by conducting two training programmes.

The programmes provided an opportunity for the Grama Niladharis to expand their knowledge and skills in a range of aspects relating to their day to day duties. These included attitudinal development and positive thinking, human rights, project management, bribery, corruption and good governance, general conduct and discipline, official management, legal system and court structure, mediation, land issues relating to Grama Niladharis and children’s and women’s rights.

Funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), the training programmes were implemented through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute (ADRI) of the Public Services Training Institute of the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Affairs. A total of 140 GNs from 14 DS divisions in Batticaloa District attended the first training programme held from 26 to 29 April, while 117 GNs attended the second programme held from 24 to 27 May.