Mar 06, Colombo: Ms. Monica Svenskerud, Deputy Head of Mission of the Royal Norwegian Embassy of Sri Lanka recently visited the areas of Palaly and Kankasanthurai in the Jaffna District where communities have been resettled.
The Deputy Head of Mission was accompanied by Ms. Vidya Perera, Senior Advisor to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and Government officials including the Jaffna District Secretary and the Thelippalai Divisional Secretary.
Implemented by UNDP on the ground and funded by the Government of Norway, the delegation visited the resettled areas in Palaly North, while also inspecting the progress of development in human settlements and livelihood support systems.
Addressing the community at the opening ceremony of the Multi-purpose Centre in Kankasanthurai South, Ms. Svenskerud stated that "Rebuilding livelihoods in post conflict areas is a critical component of peacebuilding and is vital for the road to economic recovery. The Government of Norway remains committed to supporting communities in the North."
UNDP Sri Lanka works with resettled communities with funding assistance from the Royal Norwegian Embassy to uplift their livelihoods and revive the local economy in the area. The project also seeks to enhance access to government services whilst strengthening community organizations and networks.