Sri Lanka

Support for internally displaced people Emergency appeal n° MDRLK002 Operations Update n° 13


Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 December 2012 to 31 May 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 23.3 million.

Appeal coverage: 45 per cent based on current revised appeal budget.

Appeal history:

  • Emergency Appeal: This was initially launched on 12 April 2010 for CHF 3.6 million as a preliminary basis to support 5,000 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka for 24 months.

  • Revised Emergency Appeal: This was launched on 8 July 2011 for CHF 6.1 million to support to assist 7,000 families (35,000 people) for 36 months.

  • 2nd Revised Emergency Appeal: This was launched on 20 September 2012 for CHF 23.3 million in cash, kind, or services to support to assist at least 20,000 families (100,000 people) for 67 months with expected completion by end of October 2015. A Final Report will be made available by January 2016 (three months after the end of the operation). The revised appeal looking forward to;
    a. Fulfil existing funding gap - In order to be in line with the Government directive, Red Cross Post Conflict Recovery Programme (RC PCRP) increased the total value of the housing grant per beneficiary family from LKR 360,000 to LKR 550,000 while keeping the number of instalments and works to be carried unchanged.
    b. Provide same integrated package to the families under Indian Housing project (IHP) – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) as its implementing partner, is executing construction and repair of 16,800 houses with water and sanitation (WatSan) facilities under IHP funded by the Government of India (GoI). Additional funds are required to ensure the same integrated package under the standardised RC PCRP to these 16,800 families.
    c. Fulfil unmet needs – After three years since the end of the conflict, there remains a huge gap and unmet needs of the communities who are being resettled, mainly shelter, water and sanitation, health and care, and community infrastructure.
    d. Extend present software programme – The current activities with civil society through the existing

Red Cross Post Conflict Recovery Programme (RC PCRP) in Sri Lanka, which is being implemented by Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) since April 2010, having a partnership with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other Movement and non-Movement partners. It primarily supports people who have been displaced due to the conflict and resettled at present. The entire programme follows the owner-driven approach and direct-beneficiary cash transfer mechanism, in order to empower beneficiaries and improve the sense of community ownership. Construction of new houses and repairing damaged houses is the key constituent of the programme, while other components (community infrastructure, water and sanitation, livelihoods, health care, disaster management and organizational development) complement the sustainability and the resilience of the community. With the latest revision of the Emergency Appeal, number of benefitting families increased significantly, targeting 20,000 families in the north by strengthening the shelter and livelihood components and socio-economic infrastructure in a more efficient and effective manner, while adhering to the same framework of the existing operation.