A new UN development strategy in Sri Lanka

    The United Nations logo next to the flag of Sri Lanka. The country's government and U.N. agencies have signed a new development framework on October 5. Photo by: Indi Samarajiva / CC BY

    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.

    Building on the United Nations’ 2008-2012 development framework’s focus on poverty reduction, humanitarian aid, peace-building and emergency aid, the new strategy identifies the following priorities:

    • 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.

    UNICEF has identified a similar budget for activities targeting women and children in remote rural areas formerly affected by conflict.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.