July 21, Colombo: The Government of Norway and United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] in Sri Lanka has entered in to a partnership agreement to expand support to resettled communities in Sri Lanka's conflict affected areas.
UNDP Sri Lanka Resident Representative a.i., Ms. Lovita Ramguttee and the Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, 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 Thelippalai and Sampur areas. The support is amounting to Rs. 142 million.
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 UNDP Sri Lanka said in a statement.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.
The support aims to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for targeted communities in agriculture, fisheries, livestock and alternative income-generation activities to revitalize economic opportunities at the community level by providing access to productive inputs, skills trainings, tools, equipment, seeds and vital infrastructure, and increasing local employment.
The two year project, will support 1,520 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.
In November 2015, Norway supported through UNDP Rs. 67 million to the newly resettled community in the Valalai and Thelippalai areas in Jaffna District to start their livelihoods.