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Dr Chamidna Pathirage, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Dr Richard Haigh prove input to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka initiative on Development of Social Transformation Knowledge Products. 

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. In keeping with the priorities laid out by the Government of Sri Lanka, building on the wider UN strategy, UNDP’s support to peace and recovery in Sri Lanka focuses on providing socio-economic support to conflict-affected communities in the Northern and Eastern districts, developing the capacities of public institutions and civil society for playing more effective roles in promoting peace and social cohesion in the country.
 
UNDP Transition Recovery Programme (TRP) which runs a programming cycle of 2008-2012 is UNDP’s flagship programme for recovery and development in Sri Lanka, providing integrated support to returnees, host communities and other vulnerable groups with different needs, capacities and aspirations in the ten conflict-affected districts in the North and East and the adjacent districts. It is a multi-donor funded programme consisting of multiple projects that feed into its overall objective. The programme is implemented under UNDP direct execution modality through a well established network of seven Field Offices in the North and East and the Colombo-based Programme Management Unit.
 
The main aim of this consultancy is to capture, organise and share the experiences on TRP’s social transformation interventions in terms of good practices and lessons learned by developing two separate knowledge products.  The work is carried out by a consortium, put together between the Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Salford, UK and the Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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