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An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

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‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

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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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‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

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Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Una McCauley.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Margue said “Over the past five years, the European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) has contributed significantly to building infrastructure and capacities, to generating growth and creating jobs for people most in need. The exhibition captures the work carried out in seven districts to build partnerships and networks of collaboration with individuals and organisations to improve the quality of life for the people in these areas. My hope is that the EU-SDDP has helped to lay the groundwork for a brighter and more prosperous future for people who had suffered during the war”.

Celebrating Partnerships, showcased in Mannar, Vavuniya, Ampara and Batticaloa, highlights the work done by the EU-SDDP to support the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by helping to provide basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local economy. The EUR 60 million programme covers the Batticaloa, Mannar, Vavuniya, Ampara, Monaragala, Anuradhapura, and Puttalam districts reaching half a million people. It is jointly implemented by five UN agencies–UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, FAO, and ILO–and the IFC, a member the World Bank Group.

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UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Una McCauley, speaking at the event.

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H.E. Tung-Laï Margue, Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives addressing the audience

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Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs speaking at the event

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H.E. Tung-Laï Margue, Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Una McCauley,  together with other senior delegates from the UN and IFC presenting “Celebrating Partnerships” Coffee Table book highlighting some of the key project outcomes to Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs.

News and Events

An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

Read More

‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

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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