We have been marginalized because of the 30 year war, even though we are citizens of this country. All the roads in other areas are black (tarred) but in Mullaitivu they are red (gravel roads). We are facing a capacity and resource constraint but we are struggling to manage with whatever is available. If we can get the support of the government, we can do even better.
Sri Lanka is emerging from a twenty six year old civil war and is in what we currently define as a post-war period. The direct violence of war has ended, but many of the underlying issues, which led to and perpetuated the conflict, are yet to be addressed. We believe that Sri Lanka needs to address deep rooted perceived or real discrimination issues that caused the violent conflict in its progress towards sustainable peace and the proposed strategy will look at Sri Lanka in a post war context.
CEPA's future work in this area seeks to understand and monitor development in the war affected areas, and to support state and non-state actors in ensuring that economic gains are not made at the expense of deepening existing inequalities. CEPA has a substantial body of knowledge in the area of poverty and conflict through its work from 2002-2010 on which it will build the new thematic area of post war development. The thematic area proposes to work at the community level and the mid level government administrative officers.
The post war development thematic intends to focus on the sub themes of economic recovery mainly focusing on livelihoods activities of conflict affected communities and interaction of both government and non-government development interventions with the post war rebuilding context.
The thematic area will also focus on vulnerabilities perpetuated by the war in the spheres of livelihoods, capital assets such as land and food security. It also recognizes that it is important to understand peoples agency in terms of devising coping strategies which in turn could be developed and strengthened into sustainable livelihood strategies in the post war rebuilding phase.
It will also briefly investigate the status of reconciliation efforts with the aim of providing practical insights for actors working on the issue. Further it will continue to look for space to build on the body of knowledge compiled through the past work and take the knowledge to the relevant actors.
The post war development thematic will carry out the work briefly mentioned above by providing client services as responses to calls for proposals, consultancies and exploratory /indepth research. It will also actively look for space to engage in dialogue with relevant actors who are seeking information on post war development issue.
Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty.
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