EU-Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP):
The EU-SDDP initiative between the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, aims to assist Sri Lanka in making a transition from post-conflict assistance to reconstruction and development. The actions undertaken under this initiative support impoverished districts in the North and East in their endeavours to reach 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 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.