Refugee Reintegration & Economic Development

The Northern Province of Sri Lanka is home to many refugee returnees who were displaced during the civil war. We have been working with these communities since 2009 and have been supporting and aiding them through various projects ranging from economic development, refugee reintegration, WASH and emergency response.

At present, our work is centred around Vavuniya, Killinochchi and Mannar districts. We have partnered with ADRA India on a cross border effort to create durable social and economic solutions for refugee returnees, ex-combatants and youth groups. Through the work we do, we contribute towards smooth reintegration and voluntary repatriation of refugee returnees and strengthening returnee reintegration Networks (RRNs), local government institutions and other key stake holders involved in the process.

Furthermore, we focus on advocating and raising awareness regarding regular and irregular migration among our beneficiaries and creating awareness regarding the issues faced by refugee returnees. We also contribute towards improving the economic landscape of the districts through the establishment of viable livelihoods and improving awareness regarding debt management among target beneficiaries.

 

IMPACT

3,473

In 2019, we assisted 3,473 beneficiary partners through the second phase of the Local Economic and Social Strengthening (LESS) project.

PROJECTS

ongoing projects

LESS III Project

Local Economic and Social Strengthening (LESS) Project Phase III

The third phase of the LESS project funded by the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs, aims to provide durable social and economic solutions to communities that show an out migration culture in Vavuniya, Killinochchi and Mannar disticts of Sri Lanka.

past projects

LESS II Project

Local Economic and Social Strengthening (LESS) Project Phase II

The second phase of the LESS project, funded by the Australian Government - Department of Home Affairs, contributed towards smooth reintegration of refugees and focused on improving the economic landscape of the Vavuniya and Killinochchi districts. The project was carried out from 2018-2020.

LESS Project

Local Economic and Social Strengthening (LESS) Project Phase I

The first phase of the LESS project focused on supporting refugees to reintegrate in Sri Lanka and contributed towards economic development in refugee resettled communities in Vavuniya and Killinochchi districts. The project supported a total of 13,000 persons through the project and it was funded by the Australian Government - Department of Home Affairs.