Joint Programmes

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.

UN-Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD):

Considering that forestation and forest degradation account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the UN-REDD programme seeks to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. The programme draws on the technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Scaling up Nutrition through a Multi-Sector Approach (SDG-F JP)

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) is an international multi-agency and multi-donor development mechanism created in 2014 by UNDP with an initial contribution from the Government of Spain to support sustainable development activities through integrated and multi-dimensional joint programmes. The main objective of the SDG-F is to bring together UN agencies, national governments, academia, civil society and business to address the challenges of poverty.

The SDG-F Joint Programme (JP) for “Scaling Up Nutrition through a Multi-Sector Approach” is implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with the Government of Sri Lanka with the aim to:

  • Improve efficiency and effectiveness of government investment on food security and nutrition by highlighting the gaps, opportunities and impact of current initiatives; and
  • Achieve attitudinal and behavioural changes through enhanced nutrition education and nutrition promotion on safe and nutrient foods, dietary diversity, nutrient deficiencies and its root causes.