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  • UNDP Sri Lanka

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    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the development arm of the United Nations. UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP's focus is on helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment, energy and sustainable development.

    In Sri Lanka, UNDP works with national partners to help achieve inclusive and sustainable human development and lasting peace. We address regional disparities by strengthening local economies and governance systems able to deliver social services in an equitable manner. UNDP supports disadvantaged communities to access justice systems and legal aid, while also strengthening social integration. We also work to protect the environment and develop national capacities to respond to disasters and mitigate the risks they pose. UNDP has been working with and for the people of Sri Lanka for more than six decades.

    Now that Sri Lanka has moved into a new era, UNDP has transitioned into a different kind of programme. Until recently, most of the support was for early recovery of conflict affected areas, often delivered directly to communities in need. As we move forward, UNDP will increasingly assist the Government's efforts at the national and local levels to operate effectively and deliver services more efficiently.

    UNDP's Country Programme for 2013-2017 in Sri Lanka focuses on two broad areas:

    1) Governance for Empowerment and Social Inclusion (GESI)

    UNDP Supports socio-economic recovery and development, social inclusion, rule of law and access to justice, local Governance, human Rights and parliamentary support. UNDP works with National and Local Governments and the private sector, while increasing the capacities of civil society and communities enabling them to jointly plan, implement, monitor and sustain socio-economic development. UNDP also works to create sustainable livelihoods and protect human rights with special attention to the needs of the marginalized - including women headed households, youth, plantation sector workers and conflict affected communities. In addition, while promoting social cohesion and reconciliation, UNDP supports platforms that bring together different groups, especially women and youth.

    2) Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Resilience (ESDR).

    Under this focus area, UNDP supports projects promoting environmental sustainability, renewable energy, climate resilience and managing risks posed by disasters. UNDP continues to support the sustainable development agenda, building on close relationships with Government agencies and others.UNDP works at the national level on policy issues and at the local level on strengthening Local Government capacities to integrate environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction into development planning.


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