Community and Livelihood Development

Community Stabilization & Development Initiatives

As part of IOM’s broader objectives in securing migration through development of a country, IOM aims to provide stability and support through needs-based assistance that includes community development activities. Under theCommunity and Livelihood Development (CLD) Unit, communities mainly in the North are assisted through a multi-sectoral intervention process by economic recovery, infrastructure development/rehabilitation and livelihood development. Currently the Department of Foreign and Trade (DFAT) also known as Australian Aid of the Australian High Commission funds IOM through the Australian Community Rehabilitation Programme (ACRP), a development initiative that works to support communities in rehabilitation and social inclusion in Sri Lanka.

IOM’s ‘Transition Initiative for Sustainable Return & Reintegration of IDPs in Sri Lanka’ is a five year (2010-2015) project (ACRP phase 3 programme) which focuses on socio-economic recovery of conflict and disaster affected communities in the Northern and Central provinces through stabilization and development of main sectors such as Agriculture, Fisheries, and Dairy.

Significant projects implemented during (2011 to 2013):

  • Construction of two fish markets and resting halls for two fisherman communities in Mathagal and Senthankulam in Jaffna
  • Construction of an Ice Plant in Maruthankerney, Jaffna
  • Rehabilitation of the Passaiyoor jetty, Jaffna
  • Renovation of several tanks in Jaffna (Kiranchikulam, Valali Priyankulam, Pokarappu) and Pandarawaikkal irrigation canal in Kilinochchi
  • Construction of three milk sales outlets for LIBCOS in Kandawalai, Karachchi (Kilinochchi) and Thunukkai (Mullaitivu)
  • Reconstruction of two anicuts in Kokweliya and Nochchimoddai, Vavuniya
  • Resettlement of population in landslide prone areas in Nuwara Eliya (Resettlement to Johnsland in Nuwara Eliya)
  • Provision of a permanent drinking water system for the resettled  Johnsland population

Projects planned and currently being implemented (2013 to 2015):

  • Provision of trainings on Business Planning & Development/ Leadership & Management  to selected Women Rural Development Societies (WRDS) in Mullaitivu and Vavuniya
  • Establishment of a Revolving Fund Mechanism (RLF) (a Fund/ loan system for establishment/ improvement of a livelihood opportunity) for selected members in WRDS
  • Construction of two multi-purpose halls in Mallikaithivu and Puthukudiyarippu East, Mullaitivu
  • Construction of a building for the cottage industries in Mallikaithivu (Provision of training on cottage based products)
  • Construction of a Fishermen resting hall & Store Room in Mulliwaikkal East, Mullaitivu
  • Provision of 11 sets of fishing gear (each set consists of a boat, engine, fishing net & ropes)


Fact Sheets

Parasankulum Tank - November 2015
Thanthamali Access Road - October 2015
Mahavadi River Anicut - October 2015
Vethuchchenai village Batticaloa - August 2015
Peraru Sitaru Anicut - August 2015
Pandiyanweli Anicut - August 2015
Muthuiyankaddu Irrigation Scheme - August 2015
Paddy Storage Facility in PTK - August 2015
Flood Mitigation in Batticaloa - August 2015
Women's Rights are Human Rights - A Basic Training - August 2015
Street Drama on Gender Awareness - August 2015
The Blossoming Mallikais of Singapuram - August 2015
Kajanthini: A Model for Women - August 2015
International Women's Day in Mullaitivu and Killinochchi - March 2015

NFIs for the Flood Affected in Kalutara - June 2014
Ice Plant for Maruthankerny - January 2014
Agriculture Based Communities in Vavuniya - November 2013
Passaiyoor Fishing Community - May 2013
Mathagal Fishing Community - May 2012