News and Events

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

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Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

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The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

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EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

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EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

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EU-Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP)

The EU-SDDP is assisting the country in making a transition from post-conflict assistance to reconstruction and development. This is done by supporting selected districts in North and East and some villages in neighbouring districts.

The actions undertaken under this initiative aim at preparing the impoverished districts reach the developmental targets articulated at national level. The activities are closely linked to three focus areas, namely:

  • Support to poverty reduction, provision of basic infrastructure and services for vulnerable populations;
  • Support to local economic development; and
  • Strengthening of the local governance.

The beneficiaries of this initiative include vulnerable communities in the districts of Batticaloa, Mannar, Vavuniya and Ampara, including some villages in Monaragala, Anuradhapura and Puttalam. Further, the EU-SDDP directly assists the decentralised and devolved government institutions, civil society organisations, producer groups, regional and local businesses, training institutions, chambers of commerce and potential investors.

For the first time in the history of the EU in Sri Lanka, the programme has brought together five United Nations agencies and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. These partners are the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and IFC.

The programme is built on the experience of successful EU-funded programmes like the EUAmpara Partnership, the EU Assistance to Conflict-Affected People (EU-ACAP), the EU Socio-
Economic Measures (EU-SEM), the Aid to Uprooted People housing programmes (AUP) and the EU humanitarian and assistance programmes. The EU-SDDP is unique compared to previous
programmes as it places a stronger emphasis on the transfer of responsibility for decisionmaking and implementation from international bodies to local authorities.

The implementation of the EU-SDDP is through multi annual and annual work plans which are prepared in close consultation with the district authorities.

News and Events

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More

EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

Read More

EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

Read More