Crisis prevention & recovery

Supporting communities affected by nearly three decades of conflict as they gradually move from relief to recovery and development is a key focus of our work. In doing so, we support efforts aimed at enabling internally displaced people to return safely to their communities, creating sustainable livelihoods and addressing their most pressing justice and human rights concerns. In addition, assisting in efforts to manage disaster risks is also a core part of our work. With Sri Lanka becoming increasing vulnerable to natural disasters, our work includes promoting disaster risk reduction and resilience.

Our Goals

We support formerly conflict-affected communities to migrate from subsistence to market livelihoods and build linkages between them and the private sector so they can access new markets and financial services. We will continue to bring together different communities kept apart by conflict, and provide support for vulnerable people to obtain vital documentation that would give them greater access to justice. Furthermore, in mitigating natural disasters, we will help develop national capacities to respond to disasters and mitigate the risk they pose. more

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Bridging divides

Nearly three-decades of war in Sri Lanka have fragmented relationships between the country’s Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities. UNDP will also continue using its recovery work as entry points for peacebuilding between communities kept apart by war, and scale-up select initiatives such as the schools twinning.

Our Stories

  • Rebuilding fishermen's livelihoods in Mullaitivu District

    Fishermen in Mullaitivu District, Northern Sri Lanka, have been living off the sea for decades. However, years of conflict and displacement have disrupted their livelihoods and caused large scale damage to the economic and social infrastructure. Anuraj, a father of three, was displaced four times with his family since the 90’s. “I could not store the fish I caught properly and received low prices at the market. I had to find casual labor or borrow money to make ends meet,” he says. more

Projects and Initiatives

Northern Livelihood Development Project

The Northern Livelihood Development Project (N-LDP) aims to support conflict-affected communities, particularly those socially and economically excluded, in the Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaithivu districts to strengthen their capacities to become self-sufficient through engagement in fair and equitable livelihood opportunities, while increasing opportunities for interaction within and between communities. more

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Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012

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