Norway and UNDP Partner to Expand Support to Resettled Communities
Colombo, 19 July 2016 – UNDP Sri Lanka Resident Representative a.i., Ms. Lovita Ramguttee and the Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka H.E. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther yesterday signed a partnership agreement to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna and Trincomalee Districts (with an emphasis on the Thellipallai and Sampoor areas). Under this partnership, UNDP Sri Lanka, through the support of the Government of Norway, will promote local economic development through enhanced market-based livelihood opportunities for resettled vulnerable communities.
The event held in Colombo, was also attended by Senior Advisor, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ms. Vidya Perera and Assistant Country Director, UNDP Sri Lanka, Mr. Rajendrakumar Ganesarajah.
This two year project, will support 1520 families as direct beneficiaries in the Jaffna and Trincomalee Districts by mobilizing targeted communities to reactivate community based organizations, creating sustainable livelihood opportunities and by strengthening institutional capacity of the selected DS divisions in the two Districts.