Naga Narendran, executive director IRDG visited the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra to meet HE Skandakumar and provide an update on the progress, issues faced, and help needed by the IRDG.
IRDG has been in existence for over 30 months and High Commissioner Skandakumar has assisted us in so many ways, especially by introducing IRDG to senior public officers in Colombo, who in turn unblock any challenges faced in IRDGs work.
Naga outlined that IRDG recently faced numerous challenges, caused particularly by the recent political leadership crisis in Colombo "everything came to a grinding halt for a while however, it seems to be getting ironed out. Political system and bureaucracy are so complex and muddled up in Sri Lanka and this causes serious concerns for some policy and principle based civil society organisations such as IRDG, who is engaged in post war development. HE’s assistance in this regard, has helped to mitigate the adverse impact of such challenges".
Minister Counsellor Mr Chandana Weerasena also participated in the discussion and offered assistance to connect with officials and institutions in Sri Lanka.
HE Skandakumar mentioned that facilitating overseas Sri Lankan professional's engagement is very important for us and will assist the country in so many ways. What IRDG is doing could also pave the way for other overseas Sri Lankan charities and individuals to engage and assist with development in Sri Lanka. “Our mission will continue to support IRDG's efforts and encourage many more overseas Sri Lankans to engage in such initiatives” he said.