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Building Hope for the Future: Reconstructing the Tharmapuram Village Preschool Project for Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure and Facilities in the Conflict Affected Areas in Northern Province of Sri Lanka (RCIF)

Indian Housing Project: Stories from the Field: A Permanent Home for a Young Family in Killinochchi District

Call for proposals: Project Completion / Evaluation Report
Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for Sri Lankan Cities

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





Government of Japan Supports Pre-School Education in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province with UN-Habitat and Save the Children Japan

26 August 2014, Mullaitvu District, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with Save the Children Japan, is supporting the development of preschool education in Sri Lanka’s conflict affected Northern Province ......read more here

Coca-Cola – UN-Habitat partnership supports over 1,600 residents in Killinochchi district with access to fresh water.

5th August 2014, Killinochchi, Sri Lanka: The Coca-Cola Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), has assisted over 1,600 residents in Punnanineeravi GN Division in Killinochchi district in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province to access fresh water through a rain water harvesting project.......read more here

Sri Lanka holds workshop to formulate National Habitat III Report

24 June 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Fifty high level delegates from Government Ministries and partner agencies came together at a workshop held in Colombo on the 24th of June 2014 to formulate the National Habitat III Report. The workshop was convened by the Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities of the Government of Sri Lanka, following an invitation by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.......read more here

European Union Delegation Visits UN-Habitat Housing Beneficiaries in Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka

25 June 2014, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka: A delegation from the European Union (EU) office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives visited the conflict affected village of Welikkakandy in Batticaloa District in the Eastern Province on 25th June 2014......read more here

UN-Habitat Provides Training on Innovative Construction Techniques for Artisans and CBO Members from Mannar District

May 2014, Northern Province. Sri Lanka: UN-Habitat Sri Lanka recently conducted a training programme for skilled construction workers and members of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) of Mannar district on the use of innovative, environmentally-friendly construction technologies coupled with a field visit to Killinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.......read more here

UN-Habitat Implements Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in Mannar Town in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

May 2014, Mannar, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the Mannar Urban Council, is implementing a number of small scale Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives to assist communities cope with the adverse impacts of natural disasters through the Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for four Cities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka (Phase II) Project.......read more here


Government of Australia Supports the Vavuniya Urban Council to Mitigate the Risk of Disasters

July 2014, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka: Vavuniya Town, located in Northern Sri Lanka, regularly experiences floods and droughts. The effects of these hazards have increased due to the lack of infrastructure such as drainage systems in the urban council area. The inadequate capacity of the irrigation system around the Vavuniya Kulam (Vavuniya tank), the main water body in Vavuniya, has exacerbated the problem..........(Read more)

Lalith Lankatilleke, Father of the “People’s Participatory Process” of Reconstruction, Bids Farewell to UN-Habitat after 36 years.

July 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Mr.Lalith Lankatilleke, Senior Human Settlements Officer of UN-Habitat responsible for the country operations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka has bid farewell, having retired after 36 years of service..........(Read more)

Training on Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Resilient Urban Planning for Local Authority Officers and Urban Planners

May 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the University of Moratuwa, conducted a training programme  on  Geographic Information Systems to facilitate Disaster Resilient Urban Planning for Urban Planners and  Local Authority Officers working in the planning sectors of four Sri Lankan cities. This programme is one of the key outputs of the Project Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies for four Cities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka, funded by the Government of Australia...........(Read more)

Disaster Risk Reduction through River Rehabilitation in the Heart of Flood-Prone Balangoda Town

May 2014, Balangoda, Sri Lanka: Over recent years, the Balangoda town centre had been subject to severe flooding during heavy rains, thereby posing major challenges to its residents. The recently completed Rehabilitation of the Dorawela Oya and Flood Mitigation Project, implemented by UN-Habitat with funding from the Government of Australia, has contributed towards making Balangoda a more disaster resilient, sustainable and healthy city.........(Read more)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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