Peacebuilding Fund in Sri Lanka

Catalytic Support to Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka

Funded by: The European Union

Total Budget: EUR 8.1 million

Implemented by: UNDP, UNICEF, UN-Habitat (with technical support from OHCHR, UNWOMEN and UNHCR)

Partners: The Government of Sri Lanka (Provincial Administration, Parliament, National Police Commission, Human Rights Commission, Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, the Survey Department and the Land Commissioner General’s Department), civil society organisations and community based associations including the resettled communities.

Duration: 18 months

Location: Sri Lanka

The past two years have seen renewed opportunities for peace building and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka. To guide longer-term support for peace building, the Government of Sri Lanka together with the United Nations and development partners, developed what is known as the Sri Lanka Peace Building Priority Plan.

This 3-year plan, which is part of the Government’s framework for reforms aimed at reconciliation, was developed through extensive consultations between the Government, Civil Society and Development Partners. The plan identifies 4 interlinked national priorities which are transitional justice, reconciliation, good governance and, resettlement and durable solutions.

The European Union in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka and the UN in Sri Lanka have come together to contribute to the implementation of this Plan through the Catalytic Support to Peace building in Sri Lanka Programme.

With a funding of 8.1 million euros from the European Union, this 18-month programme will be Implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in partnership with a range of State and Non-Stat Stakeholders.

The vision of this initiative is to contribute towards national peace building efforts in Sri Lanka.

Learn more about the Peacebuilding Fund

Immediate Response Facility

Peacebuilding Priority Plan


05 / 29 / 2020

The United States provides $600,000 grant to UNICEF to support critical COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

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05 / 27 / 2020

UNICEF supports MOE to provide home-based learning for lower primary students during COVID-19 lock-down

UNICEF and MOE, with the support of partners, provide educational material to grade 1 and 2 students across the island ensuring continuous learning for young children during COVID-19 pandemic.


05 / 07 / 2020

Vesak Day Message from UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Hanaa Singer

On this day of Vesak, commemorating the attainment of enlightenment by the Lord Buddha, his birth and his ultimate passing, I extend my warmest wishes to all the people of Sri Lanka.