From humanitarian aid and poverty reduction, the United Nations will shift the focus of its engagement in Sri Lanka to longer-term support for the country’s economic growth and social development.
U.N. agencies and the Sri Lankan government signed Oct. 5 a new development framework that outlines how the global body will help Sri Lanka implement its national development plan, which envisions elevating the country to middle-income status. The new framework covers the period 2013-2017.
Inclusive economic growth and sustainable livelihood.
Equitable access to social services
Reconciliation, human rights and governance.
Environmental sustainability, including climate change and disaster risk reduction.
The new strategy will be implemented through specific programs drafted by U.N. agencies in the country, in close coordination with the government and local organizations. The copy of the finalized strategy is not yet available, but proposals submitted by U.N. agencies during the drafting process hint at potential pipeline activities and projects.
The U.N. Development Program, for one, plans to mobilize $60 million to support the strategy’s targets on social inclusion, empowerment, governance, and environmental sustainability. Most of its planned activities are capacity building engagement and policy development support.
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