IRDGs Kilinochchi Office has now been setup to commence its Project Implementation.
Naga Narendran Director IRDG said "first step of our implementation phase is to assess the capacity of the local NGOs and CBOs.
It is a pleasant surprise to see the high level of local awareness of the issues and challenges in creating sustainable livelihood and the reasons for the slow progress and failures of livelihood initiatives of the recent past.
There is lack of "hope" among locals, in general, but it would not take much to instill some hope and confidence to the local population. Several diaspora organisations, donor community and the government have supported and created several models and success stories. We need to showcase, learn from and replicate them in a rapid manner.
The principal challenge appear to be the lack of empathy with the local issues and challenges by those designing solutions and most of the mainstream livelihood initiatives are developed elsewhere, have not involved the locals and have been the reasons for their failure.
There were steady stream of local CBOs and NGOs engaging and discussing with IRDG about their expectations and frustrations regarding post war recovery in the recent past. They are looking to IRDG for capacity enhancement support
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Sundaram Divakalala CEO of "Aaruthal" Former Secretary to The Ministry of Education North East Provincial Council
Naga Narendran Director IRDG
MsPramila Jegadeesan HR Coach/Mentor/ Facilitator Chennai. Consultant "Otthulaippu"
Seelan Jeyaseelan of "Thiran" CEO Friends of Youth Organisation
At IRDG's Kilinochchi IRDG office
Weaning out of the "hand out seeking culture" that has been created by various charitable organisations, even though well intended, has left serious challenges among the war affected communities.
It is very obvious that there is a long and rough road ahead and IRDG will need all the help it could muster.
Kalmadu Village in Kilinochchi is one of the most backward but has many committed people very eager to engage and develop their village.
They need targeted support in areas such as technical and managerial knowledge and marketing support.