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Fridges keep fish fresh, helping many increase earnings

Highlights

• More than 1 million people in Sri Lanka have been uprooted as a consequence of the conflict over the past two decades.

• Years of conflict and natural disaster have exacerbated the problem of weak infrastructure, which hampers the efforts of fishermen in Sri Lanka struggle to get their catch to the market before it spoils.

• The UNDP project has helped 7,000 fishermen in the Mullaitivu District to increase their earnings through the fish collection centre.

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Guide on Livelihoods & Economic Recovery in Crisis Situations

The Guide on Livelihoods and Economic Recovery Programming in Crisis and Post-Crisis Situations provides a practical “how to” resource for development practitioners, particularly those in UNDP Country Offices. By sharing the knowledge and experience that UNDP and its partners have gained over the years, the Guide aims to facilitate effective and sustainable programming for livelihoods and economic recovery in crisis and post-crisis situations. It will be most useful at the onset of programming, especially in preparations for high-level discussions with national authorities, resource mobilization, project and programme development, and the provision of training and technical and policy advice.

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UNDP and UNHCR handover fifteen motorbikes to the Human Rights Commission

Colombo, January 28, 2013.

UNDP and UNHCR handed over fifteen motorbikes to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Monday to facilitate the work of their staff, at the central and regional level, to address human rights concerns including regular monitoring visits and investigation of complaints.

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UNDP, the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, the Attorney General and the Government of the United Kingdom launch a new initiative to strengthen Sri Lanka’s Criminal Justice system

UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project, implemented by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, launched a new initiative on Thursday 10 January aimed at strengthening the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka by enhancing the efficacy of the criminal justice system.

The initiative which is supported with financial assistance from the United Kingdom, will strengthen the knowledge and skills of approximately 85 officers of the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Department.

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Sri Lanka Integrated post flood assessment May 2010

In May 2010, pre-monsoon rains that were intensified by Cyclone Laila saw thunder storms and high winds, accompanied by floods and landslides, sweep through 14 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts. The extreme weather caused severe distress to over half a million people and billions of rupees in damages to public and private assets. This report is a record of this unanticipated natural disaster and is also a guide to future post disaster assessments and highlights the importance of investment in disaster risk reduction.

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Acting as one in disaster response: Developing a National Emergency Operations Plan (NEOP) for Sri Lanka

Since the Tsunami of December 2004, the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), have worked together with multiple stakeholders involved in disaster response to set up legal and institutional systems, prepare vulnerable communities for disasters and enhance efforts to minimize disaster risks. Sri Lanka is proud to have a 24/7 early warning and response capacity, which is one of the many significant outcomes of these efforts.

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Guidelines and Lessons for Establishing and Institutionalizing Disaster Loss Databases

This report documents the experiences of the UNDP Regional Programme on Capacity Building for Sustainable Recovery and Risk Reduction

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Rebuilding fishermen’s livelihoods in Sri Lanka

Highlights

  • Over a million people in Sri Lanka have been uprooted as a consequence of the conflict over the past two decades.

  • In Mullaitivu, the project helped 7,000 fishermen displaced by the conflict to rebuild their livelihood and increase their income.

  • The $3.5 million project is part of a larger socio-economic recovery programme for conflict-affected populations in the North and East.

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Stakeholders’ workshop on assessment of UNDP’s contribution to development results in Sri Lanka

Over 60 representatives from the Government, development partners, UN agencies and civil society participated at the stakeholders’ workshop deliberating on the findings of the Assessment of Development Results (ADR), a key report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The event was held on 31st July 2012 at the Galadari Hotel, and was co-chaired by Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and Mr. Indrakumaran Naidoo, Director of the UNDP Evaluation Office in New York.

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Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-affected and Fragile Situations: Global Programme Annual Report 2011

Highlights

  • In Somalia, UNDP has facilitated the recruitment of more than 14,000 police officers and the creation of mobile courts, legal aid centres and sexual assault referral centres. This has increased the ability of people to access the formal justice system.

  • In Afghanistan, UNDP supports the remuneration of the 137,000 strong Afghan National Police force and pioneered the development of the force’s first community security initiatives.

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Recovery of Resettled Communities in Vasanthapuram

With the end of the war in May 2009, Jaffna District has progressively transformed, moving from stages of early recovery to mid-term recovery and development. The region is seeing movements of populations, who are returning after years of displacement, facing resettlement that is bringing with it its own rays of hope as well as having to deal with other complications.

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The new ice plant in Mullaitivu improves market penetration of local fishermen

Mr. Arunraj, a 40 year old father of three, was displaced four times with his family since the 90’s and therefore, was forced into subsistence livelihoods and low income generating activities. With fishing being his main source of obtaining income, Mr. Arunraj struggled to restart his fishing activities soon after resettlement in 2010. He says, “I faced many challenges in marketing the fish. Due to lack of proper storage, more than 20% of the fish I caught were graded poorly and received low prices. As a result, the income from fishing was not adequate to take care of my family.

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Women venture into new markets using local resources

Mrs. Bernatheth is a 53 year old widow with three children living below an income of Rs. 3,200 per month. Although she has received government and donor support for the construction of her house destroyed during the war, she has been unable to complete the remaining construction work due to her low income. At times, she had had to depend on her children dropping out of school to help her earn an income through casual labour.

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Ampara District Women’s Forum holds inaugural event

Making significant contributions towards increasing the participation of women in decision-making processes in Ampara District, where female participation in local governance structures is amongst the lowest in the country, the newly established Ampara District Women’s Forum will hold their inaugural event on April 5, 2012.

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Improving Paddy Production through Adaptation Technology

1.Context

Paddy is the staple food crop in Sri Lanka. It is also a major employment avenue in rural areas. Sri Lanka, aims to increase the present annual paddy production of 3.1 million tons to about 4.5 million tons by 2020. Increased cost of imported wheat flour has prompted Sri Lanka to look at the possibilities of using rice-based products as a substitute.

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Asia-Pacific Regional Centre Annual Report 2011

The APRC Annual Report 2011 showcases our impact over the year highlighting results in priority areas of work, including: MDG acceleration and social protection; gender equality; climate change and crisis resilience. Finding effective approaches to these complex issues required thinking outside of the thematic silos and combining the knowledge and expertise of all APRC practice teams.

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UNDP concludes an independent evaluation of the Transition Recovery Programme and Support to Mine Action Project

UNDP recently concluded an independent evaluation of its Transition Recovery Programme (TRP) and Support to Mine Action Project (SMAP) to assess how it was faring in contributing to UNDP Sri Lanka’s Country Programme results. The TRP is UNDP’s flagship programme and provides recovery support to the conflict affected populations in the North and East, while the SMAP provides management support to the mine action sector in Sri Lanka.

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UNDP and Aitken Spence Hotels forge partnership to improve employment opportunities for youth from North and East

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) exchanged letters of cooperation with Aitken Spence Hotels at an event held on 9 February at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo. The exchange took place between Mrs. Razina Bilgrami, Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP and Mr. Gemunu Goonawardena, Vice President, Aitken Spence Hotels.

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With UNDP, post-war Sri Lanka takes a small first step towards inter-ethnic reconciliation

The war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009 after nearly 27 years, having not only caused tremendous hardship to its people, but also fragmenting the relationships between the country’s Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities.

UNDP efforts to support the reconciliation process have helped children throughout the country to understand and accept each other’s traditions, cultures, and ways of life. Many children growing up in the shadow of the war had never met those from other parts of the country.