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Governance of Social Development/Care Centres in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

Project Information


Governance of Social Development/Care Centres In Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka


Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), with contribution from Queen's University, Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare (MSSSW), Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL)


$ 3,319,490.00 CAD


March 2006 - March 2009

Primary Site:

Sri Lanka


The project aims to improve the quality of life of Sri Lankan communities affected by Tsunami particularly members of traditionally disadvantaged groups (women, disabled people, elderly, children).


On December 26, 2004, a Tsunami wreaked unprecedented devastation in Sri Lanka, exacerbating the difficulties that this country faces following two decades of civil war. The current challenge is to address post-Tsunami needs and existing inequalities. Canadian Government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has funded the ÒGovernance of Social Development/Care Centres in Post-Tsunami Sri LankaÓ project. Our project builds on the need identified in the Sri Lankan governmentÕs 2003 Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for community-based development programs to address long-term poverty reduction. The latter programs have become even more important following the damage to social and economic infrastructures caused by the December 2004 Tsunami.

Women, children, youth, elderly and disabled people are the most disadvantaged groups who have limited access to services and are frequently marginalized within the development process. Given the cultural nuances of Sri Lankan society, these groups - in particular women and children - are also a majority of service users. The Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare (MSSSW), Government of Sri Lanka, provides services to these groups through a range of programs. Coordination at the divisional level between donors, international agencies and the local partners is a huge challenge.

  Full Project Details - Post Tsunami Care Centres Sri Lanka.pdf

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