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 […]
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.