Introduction

Facilitating Initiatives for Social Cohesion and Transformation is a programme implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages in Sri Lanka by GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project partner Ministry is the Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages) in Sri Lanka. FLICT assists the government of Sri Lanka by supporting the development and implementation of a policy framework for social integration and inclusive citizen participation, among state and civil society actors.

At the national level: FLICT works with the Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils.

At the local level: FLICT conducts its activities in 5 pilot districts, Ampara, Badulla, Galle, Mullaitivu and Puttlam, in coordination with the Provincial Councils, District Secretariats, Divisional Secretariats and Pradeshiya Sabha Offices, alongside conducting activities with selected Community-Based Organizations.

FLICTs’ final phase which started in January 2014, will come to an end in March 2017. The objective of this phase is : “Key state and non- state actors collaborate with each other successfully putting key elements of Social Integration in to practice” Results to be achieved are:

  • Knowledge on Social Integration is enhanced
  • Key state and non-estate actors have increased their capacities
  • Initiatives contributing to Social Integration, based on local needs, are consolidated for replication

To work towards these results, FLICT has organized itself in four working areas, namely;

  • Implementation of the NPFSI at National and District Level
  • Implementation of NPFSI at Local Government and Community Level
  • Arts and Culture promoting Social Integration
  • Capacity Development , Learning and Innovation

Introduction

The Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration Programme (SELAJSE) was developed based on the experience accumulated from phase I and II of the former Equal to Justice Project which has facilitated process and mechanisms at the local level to improve the systems delivery in particular on legal aid , prison administration and access to documentation . It has set informal mechanisms for a more coordinated approach between Justice sector institutions.

Building on these positive results , the SELAJSE programme is built on systemizing and up scaling some of these coordination blocks for more upstream reforms for justice . It will focus on supporting state capacity to implement Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations as well as the National Policy Framework for Social Integration by strengthening institutional planning capacities across sector.

This programme is nationally implemented by the Ministry of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages , Ministry of Justice , Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs

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