The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement with the Embassy of Norway to further strengthen the local economic opportunities of communities in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.
The UNDP said that a significant feature of the project is its departure from the traditional mode of providing direct support to individuals, and instead promoting productivity increase, value-addition, market linkages, and access to financial and business development services of producer organizations and small businesses.
“This will include building skills and knowledge of producer organizations on improved technology, advanced production techniques, value-addition, processing and business planning and management. Facilitating access to high-value markets that can significantly improve the financial viability and sustainability of the producer organizations”, the UNDP said.
Total funding for the project, titled Northern Livelihood Development Project (N-LDP), is 6 million Norwegian Kroner (approximately USD 1 million). The project will be implemented over a period of 12 months, commencing in July 2012, by the Transition Recovery Programme (TRP), UNDP’s flagship delivery mechanism for socio-economic recovery and social transformation in conflict-affected communities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and adjacent districts, in Sri Lanka.