UN/UNDP Communications Unit Statement
UNDP, as a key development partner, has worked closely with the Government of Sri Lanka over the years on building disaster management and resilient capacities and policy support, working in close coordination with the relevant government authorities.
Between 2011-2013, keeping in line with UNDP’s programme objectives together with UNOCHA, we upgraded 100 schools which are used as welfare centers in the Northern and Eastern provinces by providing improved structural safety mechanisms and basic facilities (water, sanitation, electricity, etc.) This initiative was complemented by awareness raising programmes on disaster risk management amongst communities living around selected schools/welfare centers.
Keeping in line with our guidelines, the project was implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Disaster Management Center. The project was funded by bilateral donors and all funds were channeled to the Government through the Treasury and all procurement requirements were done as per government procedures.