Promoting the decent work agenda


COLOMBO – On September 5, The International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched a new phase of its flagship project, “LEED +” (Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation). The new phase, aims to promote inclusive growth strategies for conflict-affected communities in the Northern and North-Central Provinces, will be a continuation of over six years of work in this area by ILO.
The project is made possible through joint funding from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka. This collaborative spirit is mirrored in the core objective of the project, which is a concerted four-year effort to promote livelihoods for conflict-affected communities. Particular focus is to be accorded to groups such as vulnerable women and persons with disabilities.
The official project launch was held with Bryce Hutchesson, High Commissioner of Australia and Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Simrin Singh, Country Director of the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, expressed her enthusiasm over the work that is to be accomplished via LEED+: “The project approach is pragmatic, conflict-sensitive and ultimately aimed at empowering local farming, fishing communities, producer’s organizations and small and medium enterprises so that they can both benefit from, and participate in, the post conflict development of Sri Lanka. Building resilience, achieving scale, and ensuring sustainability is at the heart of this work,” she said.
The LEED project is part of the ILO’s global flagship program, ‘Jobs for Peace and Resilience.’
LEED+ is central to achieving the goals of the Sri Lanka Decent Work Country Program 2018-22, and is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF).

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