The UN is looking at organising a donor meeting towards the end of next month to finance resettlement projects in the East.
The June meeting will present resettlement related projects to donor governments for financial support. The focus is on Trnicomalee and Batticaloa where large numbers of displaced people are now being resettled. The funds will be channelled through the UN system.
“The UN will present a proposal in end-June. This is an ‘Early Recovery Plan’, for the East. It will be presented to donor governments. We are now working with the government of Sri Lanka to identify suitable projects. We will focus on Trincomalee and Batticaloa because of the high concentration of returnees in these areas,” the Country Director of the UNDP, Douglas Keh, told the Sunday Times FT during a workshop on Financial Inclusion this week.
The UNDP said the ‘Early Recovery Plan’ projects will include livelihood programmes, infrastructure development and permanent housing. The UNDP said it was too early to comment on a similar programme for the North.