Sri Lanka Country Strategy Paper 2011 - 2013
Foreword by the ACTED Sri Lanka Country Director
alleviating potential sources of conflict resulting from socio-economic inequalities. In parallel, we will support community-driven development management as a way to ensure more democratic and participatory local development processes. Last but not least, we will focus on encouraging the protection and sustainable use of environmental resources, as these represent one of Sri Lanka’s most precious and crucial assets, as well as its most threatened due to the increasing impact of climate change. On behalf of ACTED, I would like to extend a warm thank you to our partners, donors and national and local level authorities for the support they provided to us over the past five years. We look forward to a continued good cooperation in the future.
As the 26-year civil war finally came to an end in 2009, newfound stability offers an incredible opportunity for Sri Lanka to harness its untapped development potential and build a strong foundation for long-term peace and prosperity across the island. With a brighter and more stable future on the horizon, a long-term country strategy for ACTED Sri Lanka is now fully warranted. Since the 2004 Tsunami, our presence mainly focused on responding to the succession of emergencies which shook the country’s Eastern and Northern provinces and support the recovery efforts of affected populations. While retaining the capacity to react to urgent needs as they emerge, in case of a natural disaster for instance, our strategy for the next three years will strive to stay in line with the country’s longterm potential, needs and opportunities. To achieve this, our actions will focus on promoting equitable economic development and pro-poor growth in vulnerable areas, to help reduce poverty while
1. About ACTED
ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1993 with Headquarters in Paris, France. Independent, private and not-for-profit, ACTED respects a strict political and religious impartiality and operates according to principles of nondiscrimination and transparency in 27 countries around the world.
Our Vision: To guarantee the link between Emergency, Rehabilitation and Development ACTED’s vision is to establish a link between emergency, rehabilitation and development. Once basic needs have been covered, the population’s living conditions remain critical as our areas of intervention are among the poorest in the world. We guarantee the sustainability of our interventions carried out during crises, through remaining on the field after the emergency and involving the communities, ACTED engages in a long-term support with a continued presence in the field to break the poverty cycle and accompany the populations on their way to development. Our Experience ACTED strives to share experiences and expertise with other actors working in development cooperation, with whom we share common values. ACTED has joined Alliance2015 (www.alliance2015.org), a partnership of seven likeminded non-government organizations working in the field of development cooperation and for the Millennium Development Goals (CESVI from Italy, Concern Worldwide from Ireland, Welthungerhilfe from Germany, Hivos from the Netherlands, IBIS from Denmark, People in Need from the Czech Republic). ACTED is also member of Voice (www.ngovoice.org), the European network representing 85 European non-governmental organizations active in humanitarian aid worldwide, as well of CoordinationSud (www.coordinationsud.org), the French network for relief agencies.
Our Mission: Providing Adapted Responses ACTED’s vocation is to...