A senior social development specialist representative from the World Bank head office invited a selected group of Civil Society social development actors in the Jaffna district for a consultative meeting held at Jaffna Kachcheri, to learn the impact of current world bank interventions in the war affected areas in order to conceptualise a way forward.
The CEO of IRDG Mr Rangarajah was invited to share his view and emphasised that currently there is a trend to make national policies based on national averages and parameters. Such policies do not address or reflect the needs of the war affected areas.
He said, that the social and economic conditions in the war affected areas are distinctly different to that of the rest of the provinces of Sri Lanka. This context is the reason for the failure of livelihood and social development initiatives during the post war period and is now being increasingly recognised.
Mr Rangarajah articulated that the basic frame conditions required for the restoration of communities and fundamental social fabric must be an integral part of any development initiative to achieve long term sustainability. The principal of these frame condition is, the lack of capacity for local community to engage and benefit from such large scale social advancement initiatives and this needs to receive immediate and serious consideration to achieve effective impact.
The local civil society organisations could and must play a dominant role to provide such capacity and to enable local ownership and a bottom-up planning, which are in urgent need.