On lessons learnt and best practices

04 Sep 2007

Bentota, September 4, 2007 - A three day Knowledge-Sharing Workshop to identify and draw upon lessons learnt and establish best practices, as part of the evaluation and conclusion of the post tsunami livelihood rehabilitation programme of the UN’s Global Environmental Facility and the Small Grants Programme [GEF/SGP] in association with UNDP's Special Unit for South-South Cooperation is being held in Bentota.
 
Delegates from Indonesia, India, Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka will gather to share their experiences in the restoration livelihoods and small infrastructure in their respective countries. Several community members from tsunami affected regions in Sri Lanka and other countries will attend the work shop.
 
UN’s Global Environmental Facility and the Small Grants Programme [GEF/SGP] in association with UNDP's Special Unit for South-South Cooperation has organized the event scheduled for 6th 7th and 8th of September.
 
Photographic records of work done so far to restore livelihoods will be on display. Products of tsunami affected communities of all countries will also be on display.

This ‘Knowledge Sharing Workshop’ will review selected SSGF projects in livelihood development.  UNDP’s Special Unit for South–South Co-operation made available US$ 550,000 to GEF//SGP in two tranches for the restoration of livelihoods and small village infrastructure in Sri Lanka.The funds were donated by southern bloc nations viz Algeria, China, Brazil, Benin, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, Comoros and Tuvalu, Jamaica, Egypt and Venezuela. These developing countries contributed a total sum of 3.5 Million US$ for tsunami relief.
 
The avalanche of relief assistance received in the aftermath of the tragedy was in the form of shelter, food, clothing and temporary shelters. Permanent dwellings are still in the process of being completed. As for livelihood restoration the donor focus was on the fisheries sector while scores of others were left impoverished too, having lost their income sources. The South South Grant Facility programme was established to address these very issues faced by the vulnerable sections of society, particularly women and to restore home-based small enterprises and rebuild village infrastructure.
 
In addition to livelihood restoration SSGF also attended to infrastructure needs of both domestic and community units, kitchens and toilets were built for existing houses which lacked these basic facilities. The communities benefited from playgrounds, multi-purpose meeting halls, and repairs to school buildings, roads, wells and water-tanks. The involvement of affected communities themselves in the task of rebuilding their infrastructure facilities helped accelerate the development process. An estimated 4,768 people in affected districts have benefited from the SSGF programme.
 
SSGF’s implementing partners were civil society bodies and non governmental organizations.