Former Chief Secretary of the North-East Provincial Council in Sri Lanka and the Chief Executive Officer of IRDG Sivagurunathan Rangarajah explained that IRDG is not a charitable organization and will not conduct functions to raise funds for its activities.
“We are a civil society organization with our head office in Jaffna, focused on finding knowledge based solutions to contribute towards the recovery and development of the war affected regions of Sri Lanka”.
“What is required now is to ensure that the commitment by the international community, especially multilateral and bilateral donors and the government of Sri Lanka to fund and support community restoration and socio-economic development of the war affected areas fully reaches the target beneficiaries in a rapid and efficient manner".
There is a need to track all such commitments, evaluate its requirements and find appropriate resources to convert them to tangible benefits for the most vulnerable of our community. This is a “win win” scenario for all.
Professional capacity requirement tops the list of priorities for post war recovery, however, administrative and procedural challenges, such as physically engaging qualified people from overseas or seeking their online support requires a lot of resources. It is unfortunate that most of the well-meaning programs are targeting the right outcome, however, not much consideration is given to the means of achieving them.
One such important area is the visa requirements for overseas professionals to visit Sri Lanka and serve the war affected communities. IRDG made submissions to Senior Ministers and relevant departments as early as April 2016 seeking solution and is still awaiting a favourabe response.
We will work with all relevant organisations, institutions and individuals that could assist us in achieving rapid recovery and development.
IRDG will accept any voluntary donations made to support its agenda and will list all such donations on our website.