UNDP to further strengthen sustainable livelihoods in Northern Sri Lanka with Norwegian funding
On June 27, 2012, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement with the Embassy of Norway to further strengthen the local economic opportunities of communities in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.
A significant feature of the project is its departure from the traditional mode of providing direct support to individuals, and instead promoting productivity increase, value-addition, market linkages, and access to financial and business development services of producer organizations and small businesses. This will include building skills and knowledge of producer organizations on improved technology, advanced production techniques, value-addition, processing and business planning and management. Facilitating access to high-value markets that can significantly improve the financial viability and sustainability of the producer organizations.
Enhancing livelihoods opportunities of marginalized groups including women, youth, ex-combatants, the disabled, and other traditionally vulnerable groups will be another significant component of the project.
Total funding for the project, titled Northern Livelihood Development Project (N-LDP), is 6 million Norwegian Kroner (approximately USD 1 million). The project will be implemented over a period of 12 months, commencing in July 2012, by the Transition Recovery Programme (TRP), UNDP’s flagship delivery mechanism for socio-economic recovery and social transformation in conflict-affected communities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and adjacent districts, in Sri Lanka. N-LDP will work closely with other UN agencies, International Financial Institutions, INGOs and NGOs, to complement and contribute to the overall recovery/development effort by addressing assistance gaps and working with under-supported communities.
UNDP and Norway is also cooperating in the Northern Province, through the ‘Capacity Development for Recovery in the North’ (CADRIN) project. The project aims to enhance the planning and coordination capabilities of the District and Divisional Offices while also supporting community organisations to represent their communities’ needs and partner with government as extension service providers. Key interventions at the community level include leadership training, networking of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with local government offices and support for village level planning. N-LDP will build on the capacities of the local governance institutions to be strengthened under this foregoing grant contribution from the Embassy of Norway.