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Conference on 'Restoring Communities through 'Home-Owner-Driven' Reconstruction: from post-Emergency to Development


Stories from the field : Rebuilding Homes in Conflict Affected Mullaitivu District : Francis and Mary Natkunaraj Salaman, Iranapalai Village


A Home of Our Own: Photobook on Shelter Support to Conflict Affected IDPs in the North of Sri Lanka

 

 

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International Conference on Post Emergency Shelter Reconstruction held in Colombo, Sri Lanka



26th March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Senior Government officials, donors, implementing partners, policy makers, development practitioners, academics, community members and representatives of UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations participated in the international conference ‘Restoring Communities through Homeowner-Driven Reconstruction: from post-Emergency to Development’ held in Colombo from 24th – 25th March 2014.......read more here

Government of Japan Provides Additional Funding of US$ 3.6 Mn for Community Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement in the North and East of Sri Lanka


Tuesday, 11 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Government of Japan is providing funding amounting to US$ 3,678,178 (Japanese Yen 377,000,000) through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for the rehabilitation of community infrastructure, livelihood improvement and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces over the next two years. ......read more here

Japanese Ambassador Visits UN-Habitat Infrastructure Project Locations in the North of Sri Lanka


Thursday, 6 March 2014, Killinochchi, Sri Lanka: The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Nobuhito Hobo, today visited the villages of Thiruvaiyyaru and Malayalapuram in Killinochchi District in the North of Sri Lanka. During his visit, the Ambassador opened the recently constructed community centre in Thiruvaiyyaru village and internal road in Malayalapuram village......read more here

Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Unit for Akkaraipattu Municipal Council


March 2014, Akkaraipattu, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the Akkaraipattu Municipal Council, officially opened the Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Unit at the Akkaraipattu Municipal Council premises on 13 March 2014.The establishment of the Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Units is a key component of the project ......read more here

Australian Government Funding for Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Units for Local Authorities in Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya


February 2014, Northern Province, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the local authorities of Mannar, Maritimepattu (Mullaitivu) and Vavuniya, ceremonially opened Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Units in each local authority. Establishing the Disaster Resilient Urban Planning and Development Units is a key component of the Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Four Cities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka (Phase II) Project.......read more here

The Government of Australia Supports Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in Kalmunai Town, in Partnership with UN-Habitat


January 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Throughout the recent past, an increase in localized disasters in Sri Lanka has resulted in the need for improved disaster preparedness and response capacity at the Local Government level. Responding to this need, the Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Sri Lankan Cities Project, funded by the Government of Australia, was implemented by......read more here


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Leadership Training for Community Leaders in Sri Lanka’s Disaster-Prone Areas by UN-Habitat and the Disaster Management Centre

March 2014, Kithulgala, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme
(UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the Disaster Management Center (DMC), conducted two five-day outward bound leadership training programmes for representatives of the community level disaster management committees and local authority officials from Ratnapura, Balangoda, Kalmunai and Batticaloa........(Read more)

Training Programme on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Urban Planning and Development for Planning Officials in the North and East of Sri Lanka

16 December 2013, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration with Urban Development Authority (UDA) conducted a three day residential training programme on “Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Urban Planning and Development” for Urban Planning and Local Authority officials in the North and East of Sri Lanka in December 2013..........(Read more)

Australian Prime Minister Meets UN-Habitat Housing Beneficiaries in Sri Lanka

17 November 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, met with housing beneficiaries who have reconstructed their conflict damaged homes with Australian Government funding on Sunday 17th November at the Australian High Commission in Colombo. ......(Read more)

Building a Foundation for the Future: Ambassador of the European Union Visits Housing Beneficiaries in the North of Sri Lanka

5 November 2013, Mullaitvu, Sri Lanka: The recently appointed Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, H.E. David Daly, visited the conflict affected village of Iranapalai in Mullaitvu District in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province on 30th October 2013. ..........(Read more)

UN-Habitat Launches Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Plans 
for the Cities of Balangoda, Batticaloa, Ratnapura and Kalmunai

21 October 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in partnership with the Municipal Councils of Ratnapura, Batticaloa and Kalmunai and the Urban Council of Balangoda officially launched the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Preparedness Plans for each City at the BMICH in Colombo today. The four DRR and Preparedness Plans have been developed by the project “Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Sri Lankan Cities”, with funding from the Government of Australia.............(Read more)

President of Sri Lanka Launches a World Habitat Day Commemorative Stamp

7th October 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa led the national World Habitat Day Celebrations at a ceremony held at the Soysapura Housing Scheme grounds in Moratuwa.  The event, which drew the participation of thousands from the busy suburb of Colombo, marked the launch of a stamp commemorating the day.............(Read more)

Sri Lanka’s draft National Housing Policy Open for Public Discussion

September 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka introduced a draft National Housing Policy for public discussion at a ceremony held in Colombo, on the 6th of September 2013. Sri Lankans will now have the opportunity to submit their views on the policy, before it’s finalized by the lawmakers...........(Read more)

Foundation Laying Ceremony to Construct Preschools

4th September 2013, Tamil Mirror. Foundation stone laying ceremonies for the construction of two preschools took place at the Kandawalai DS Division in Killinochchi District on Tuesday 3rd September 2013...........(Read more) | Read the original article published on the Tamil Mirror in Tamil 

Breaking Traditional Barriers: Women Train as Masons and Carpenters in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

September 2013, Northern Province, Sri Lanka: Women from Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected Northern Province are breaking traditional barriers by moving into previously male-dominated occupations in the construction sector. By engaging in vocational skills training programmes in masonry and carpentry, both male and female youth are empowered to pursue skilled occupations. Masonry and carpentry have been traditionally dominated by men with very few women engaged in these sectors............(Read more)

 

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