Sri Lanka: "One village, one voice"
The overall objective of the project was to foster a culture of democracy at the local level of the Vavuniya District in order to promote social harmony and sustainable development processes. More specifically, the project aimed at improving mechanisms in 10 communities to strengthen: Citizen representation and participation in local level planning and decision making processes. Further the resolution of local level conflicts and the protection of rights.To this end, the project focused on capacity development through trainings, exchange visits and link programmes of village stakeholders (People’s Forums) and conflict mitigation groups and the participative elaboration of village development plans. The project was implemented by Welthungerhilfe in cooperation with Sewalanka Foundation. The total budget of the project was Euro 185’000 with co-financing (75%) provided by the European Commission (EC) under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The duration of the project was planned to be two years, from February 2009 to January 2011, and later extended until February 2011.