The Japanese government and the Asian Development Bank are providing a grant of 2.5 million us Dollars for a skills-training project for approximately 2,500 internally displaced persons in northern Sri Lanka.
The program will also include a cash-for-work option to develop infrastructure by rebuilding roads and irrigation canals. K. M. Tilakaratne, the senior project implementation officer in ADB’s Sri Lanka resident mission said the project provides opportunities for vulnerable groups in resettled areas to get immediate income from the repair of damaged infrastructure, as well as skills training for future livelihood activities. The grant is being awarded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction that was established by Japan and the ADB in 2000, providing relief assistance to vulnerable communities.
The work will consist of restoring and maintaining irrigation systems and access roads in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya Districts.
The skills training will focus on sustainable agriculture, marketing of farm products, food processing and other self-employment skills.
The Economic Development Ministry will be overseeing the implementation of the project. The Government will contribute 150,000 Dollars while the beneficiary communities will make contributions in-kind. The project is expected to be completed in December 2012.