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A Village Action Group in Muthur brings communities closer together

Arriving at a partially constructed community hall in the interior of Muthur in Eastern Sri Lanka, I help myself to a straw mat from a pile in the corner of the room and read my notes as I wait. Minutes later, people start trickling into the room, yelling out words of greeting to each other. There amore


A better tomorrow with a common tractor

The UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) recently presented a common tractor to the Rural Development Society (RDS) in Vahanery, in the Batticaloa District, with the aim of developing the livelihood and income opportunities of the farmer community in the area. Paddy cultivation is more


A dream unfolds

Puthukudiyriuppu is a small village in the Mannar district in the north western region of Sri Lanka. It was one of the many villages in this region that were severely affected by the war that raged in Sri Lanka for three decades.  Unable to live under conflict conditions, Panchawarnam, a resmore


A new resolve to promote social integration

Prior to 2013, Amila Nilangani, from Moneragala, had little understanding of what ‘social integration’ meant. In fact, she says, “I didn’t even know there was such a concept.” Adding to this were the negative perceptions she had about those of the Tamil community, shaped by years of conflict.  more


A welcome turning point

For Kalaichelvi Kandasamy (23), sewing had always been her passion, and this is evident in the collection of simple, yet beautifully designed dresses that are laid out beside her sewing machine. It was a dream come true for Kalaichelvi, who lives in Tharmakkeni in the Pachchilaipalli DS Division inmore


A “triple win” for individuals, households and community: Palm Producers’ Cooperative Pandaitharippu

In 2011, UNDP, under its Transition Recovery Programme undertook a market and producer assessment of the Pandaitharippu Palm Producers’ Cooperative. The assessment found that although there was a demand for palmyrah-based products, the Cooperative had limitations in accessing many of the high-value more


Building lives, brick by brick

Kannaki Kiramam is a village nestled in the Divisional Secretariat Division of Alayadivembu in the Ampara District. The war has left a mark on the people of this village who have struggled through years of conflict and suffering. Since the end of the war UNDP has been helping the villagers of Kannakmore


Building their own safe home

The UNDP Community Reconstruction Project III, funded by the Government of Japan, provided permanent houses to 24 families in Palarachenai, a village in the northwest of Batticaloa. One of the beneficiaries of the project, Thampirasa Manokari (52) expressing her thoughts stated, “When our family wamore


Citizenship Certificate Distribution Ceremony

  On 2nd of November 2011, more than 80 children born to Sri Lankan families in India received confirmation of their Sri Lankan Citizenship during a ceremony held in Vavuniya. The initiative was conducted as part of the activities under UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project with the support ofmore


Citizen’s Charter: Improving local government service delivery

In 2009, UNDP, under its Local Governance Project (LoGoPro), stepped in to support the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs to further develop and promote the Citizen’s Charter, a set of commitments by the Government towards the people on the standard of the services it provides, inclumore

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