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Association of War Affected Women

The Association of War Affected Women was established in 2000 to create space for war affected women specifically mothers and wives of servicemen missing in action and of those who are missing to come together across the divide to work for peace. The Association of War Affected Women is committed to achieve sustainable peace in Sri Lanka and believes that peace has to be negotiated through an inclusive process. We are also deeply committed to safeguard democracy and rights of all, specifically women’s rights and advancement. As we believe that people’s rights have to be safeguarded and democracy has to be strengthening in order to create a conducive atmosphere for peace to prevail. We are working towards a peaceful Sri Lanka, where all its peoples will be able to live with dignity, enjoying equal rights.



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Batticaloa Befrienders

This well-established organisation runs various projects to help Muslim and Tamil communities escape the cycle of violence in Eastern Sri Lanka. By working to provide better lives for young people from both communities, they create hope for a peaceful future. Batticaloa Befrienders has been working for 16 years to enhance peaceful relations between Muslim and Tamil communities in Batticaloa District, mainly through education and youth activities. They believe that developing the unique talents of each individual helps them overcome the trauma of their experiences and so builds harmonious relations with other groups. In their experience, the inner development of individuals helps lay the foundation for a stable and tolerant community.



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Centre For Human Development (CFHD)

Objective CFHD is working with all ethnic and religious groups at all levels towards peace promotion Activity Level National Elaborate Requirements To bring youth together Engaged in Funding Geographic Areas Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya Background The Centre for Human Development (CFHD) is an independent non-governmental development organisation in Sri Lanka, which emerged from the participatory self-reliant Action Research Programme initiated by the Government of Sri Lanka in collaboration with UNDP between the years 1979 and 1985. It was registered in the year 1986 and from the very inception and is working at the national level with good donor relationships with Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Asian Development Bank, UNDP and The World Bank Projects. The long-term strategy is to empower the rural poor through social mobilisation and participatory development towards self-reliant living. First intervention was done in the Kegalle Districts and gradually expanded to the national level. Moreover, CFHD is catering organic food, accommodation and avenues for enjoying nature to local and foreign visitors to the extent it can manage with available human resources and its forty acre land full of bio-diversity. Institute of Human Rights (IHR) 52/1, Robert Drive Off, Robert Gunawardane Mw, Colombo ihr@sti.lk Our Goal Establishment of an environment in which human rights are secured and protected. Our Overall objective Promoting human rights by providing access to justice, education and training, and humanitarian assistance. Empowerment of detainees and conflict affected persons In addition to providing physical and financial aid to detainees and conflict-affected persons, IHR’s programme would extend to psychosocial support and vocational training, aimed at empowering marginalized groups. Furthermore, the organization would undertake lobbying and advocacy for the elimination of discriminatory practices by institutions, that directly impede the security of the rights of detainees and conflict-affected persons.



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Centre for Peace Building & Reconciliation

The Centre for Peace-Building & Reconciliation - CPBR (home for diversity) is a non-profit organization promoting peace-building, peacemaking, and non-violent conflict resolution & transformation between ethnic, religious and regional groups, women, children, academics and students in Sri Lanka through community & national level work. Two professionals dedicated to promoting peace and understanding among people formed CPBR. Through their love and empathy, they have created a home that appreciates and encourages diversity and that offers support for those who seek justice, equality and compassion.

1/1 A, Nagavihara Road, Pitakotte

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Centre for Poverty Analysis CEPA

Making Peace-Keeping Peace The study examines the dual impact of the sudden influx of IDPs – the dominant view in the host community that this influx created the foundation for conflict by increasing the competition for resources in the area, and the contribution made by the IDPs towards the local economy. There is further examination of other issues which added to the complexity of the conflicts and often made their resolution more tenuous and difficult. These included factors such as identity, land, and political power. There is also detailed discussion of the local socio-economic situation. The study examines the dual impact of the sudden influx of IDPs – the dominant view in the host community that this influx created the foundation for conflict by increasing the competition for resources in the area, and the contribution made by the IDPs towards the local economy. There is further examination of other issues which added to the complexity of the conflicts and often made their resolution more tenuous and difficult. These included factors such as identity, land, and political power. There is also detailed discussion of the local socio-economic situation. The study analyses various local mechanisms for dispute resolution including administrative structures, legal institutions, development institutions, religious leaders and organizations and Peace Committees examining their impact and effectiveness in dealing with local conflicts. Author(s): P. Thalayasingam, G. Lokuge, M. Munas Category: Working Papers Language(s): English, Sinhala, Tamil Keywords: Peace, conflict

29, Gregory's Road Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

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Centre for Society and Religion

The Centre for Society and Religion is incorporated as a limited company under the Companies Act and it is also registered as a non-governmental organization with the Department of Social Services. CSR was founded in August 1971 with the vision of integral human liberation and fulfillment of the people of Sri Lanka. This is to be achieved through the realization of human values in economic development with social justice and the deepening of our cultural and spiritual values. The CSR had been involved in strengthening civil society through its diverse activities on peace-building, protection of environment and mainly towards preservation of our cultural heritage even in agricultural methods (organic farming), women's empowerment, inter-religious initiatives etc. CSR has also been involved in educating the people through seminars, workshops and disseminating relevant information through its various publications. The Centre is networking with other NGO’s both locally and internationally.

281 Deans Road, Colombo 10, SRI LANKA

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Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies

Provides information on the humanitarian sector through the referencing system, which includes print and soft versions. The specialised collections on Peace and Conflict, Human Rights, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) and Refugees, Landmine's, Disaster Management, and others, can be obtain through CKC Rapid Referencing System according to the subject area being referenced by the stakeholder.

86, Rosmead Place, Colombo

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Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies,

ncreased awareness/knowledge of middle level leaders on peace and the multiple impacts of conflict in a way that improve the lives of people through different levels of intervention and mobilized grassroots pressure for negotiated settlement for sustainable ‘positive peace' Donor - Cordaid – Netherlands Major components The main tasks carried out under the project are as follows: 1) Distance Learning Certificate Course in Peace building Objectives : To provide an opportunity to the district C B O leaders /youth theoretical knowledge on Peace building and Conflict resolution in local language in there locations To widening the reach by targeting people directly involved with the Peace building and conflict resolution activities at the community level, who otherwise would not have access or the ability to pursue such training Outcomes : 100 recourse personnel who are competent in peace building activities with theoretical knowledge in the grass-roots 2) Mobilizing Grassroots Initiatives: (Advisory Services and Networking) 2.1 Regional Peace Committees Objective To create/strengthen community for mutually and collectively examine and address challenges and needs in carrying out peace related activities at a community level. To empower five regional organizations to continue anchoring similar work in the future. Outcome Local agencies are capacitated and empowered to carryout peace interventions as and when necessary. Strong partner organization network which coordinate and support the community in Peace building 2.2 Peace Interventions Objective To identify and address opportunities for ‘peace interventions' in their communities. Outcome • 15 peace building initiatives were implemented in the various parts of the island • Five regional CBO's involve in peace intervention activities with active individuals and small agencies from the region. 2.3 Updating of Peace building Toolkit Objective To build the capacity and effectiveness of Peace building practitioners in Sri Lanka This initiative seeks to gather and compile grassroots level experience of Peace building in the form of a toolkit of resource material and case studies Outcome • Resource materials for trainers and trainees

86, Rosmead Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.

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Council of Non Governmental Organisations Jaffna (CNGOS,JD)

Objective The council is on strong view that peace is very essential for the stability and development of the country and cordial relation ship among the various nationalities in the country the minorities should enjoy the same states as that of the majority community. Activity Level Province Support Needed Contact with international organisations, Funding, Training in peacebuilding skills Landmine Actions and This Organisation Mine Actions Advocacy, Mine risk education Activities Mine Risk Education is undertaken by member organisations. Mine awareness programmes. Geographical Areas Jaffna

40, Temple Road, Jaffna

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FLICT

FLICT works towards a peaceful Sri Lanka. It aims to strengthen civil society to be actively engaged in supporting democracy, celebrating diversity and contributing to lasting peace. Our Vision A peaceful and pluralistic Sri Lankan society that encompasses the needs and rights of all people in the country and is able to resolve its conflicts non-violently. Our Objectives Sri Lankan civil society organisations contribute significantly towards the acceptance of democratic pluralistic values, take an active role in establishing mechanisms for civic non violent conflict resolution, work in cooperation with each other in conflict transformation activities and engage with state institutions to achieve better impact and acceptance. Our Values Inclusive, Participatory, Pro-active, Introspective, Peaceful/Non-violent

207/17 DharmapalaMawatha Colombo - 07 SRI LANKA

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International Centre for Ethnic Studies

Post-war Reconstruction in Sri Lanka - Prospects and Challenges An ICES Publication The northeast of Sri Lanka currently traverses through a period of reconstruction after the end of nearly three-decades of war. The Government of Sri Lanka has commenced a large-scale reconstruction programme. This volume brings together scholars who have latest research findings on northeast development and practitioners with years of experience relating to recovery, development and psychological wellbeing of people of the northeast.

2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8, SRI LANKA

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Jaffna Social Action Centre (JSAC)

Mission Background The twenty year war in Sri Lanka has had a large impact on the land and people in Jaffna District. One factor in the long list of conflicts was the mass displacement, which took place in 1996 that created disorder in the social structure of the Jaffna community. After reaching a degree of normalcy in 2001, an urgent need for legal assistance was identified by individuals who in collaboration with UNHCR then established a social service centre. Under the auspices of UNHCR the JSAC, NGO was formed, with the intention of the organization to implement projects especially for the protection of children and women. JSAC currently provides services with the main support of UNHCR and UNICEF, and has successfully implemented 41 projects between inception of the organization and the end of 2004. We are mainly considering children and women's protection and livelihood development Vision Vision is for communities to be respected as an equal partner in the development process, provoking a significant holistic improvement in all aspects of their lives, and where JASC is a highly skilled facilitator of participation Mission JASC is a Non-Governmental Organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for vulnerable communities with a partnership with a particular focus on women and children. We strive to achieve our mission by working in partnership with communities to understand, and then address their social and economic needs. We envisage a world where the participation of communities especially women and children leads to positive change.

159, 4th Cross Street, Jaffna

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Lawyers for Human Rights and Development

Lawyers for Human Rights and Development (LHRD) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in Sri Lanka. It was set up in June 1986 to provide free legal aid to victims of human rights violations. It conducts legal and human rights awareness programs. It also conducts research on laws, procedures, and practices with a view to influencing legislation.

233/1 Cotta Road, Colombo 8, SRI LANKA

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Nadesan Centre for Human Rights through Law

The Nadesan Centre is a non-profit non-governmental legal service organization for groups and individuals active in human rights work. It "seeks to complement rather than to duplicate the efforts of others active in the field of human rights, and to this end shall place emphasis on providing a service for lawyers and organizations engaged in the pursuit of legal remedies for human rights violations with a view to making their work more effective." The Centre has a specialized reference library on local, international and comparative human rights law and international humanitarian law. It provide a doucmentation and advisory service for lawyers engaged in human rights and litigation and also for judges and law-enforsement officers. Among the Nadesan Centre's particular contributions have been its collection and indexing of fundamental rights judgments, many of which are unreported, and its monitoring of emergency regulations, which are very difficult to keep track of. The Centre brings out publications in English, Sinhala and Tamil on selected topics in the field of human rights and law, carefully tailored for the lay reader as well as the lawyer. Its Introductory Guide to Human Rightrs Law and Humanitarian Law has been found of great use in several countries beyond Sri Lanka.

31 Charles Place, Colombo 3, SRI LANKA

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National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

The National Peace Council (NPC) is an independent and impartial non-governmental organization that has worked towards a peaceful Sri Lanka since 1995. We believe that consistent non-violent effort and political mediation can bring an end to the prolonged conflict the country is experiencing today. Our networks reach to all levels of society, with each member working to strengthen support for a negotiated political settlement. While our activities are diverse, they are all united towards one critical goal -- to build a peaceful, prosperous Sri Lanka in which the freedom, human rights and democracy of all communities are respected.

12/14, PuranaVihara Road, Colombo

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PALTRA

Our Mission "To contribute to social change through the capacity building of civil society organisations and public institutions in Sri Lanka by creating opportunities for participatory learning" Our Objectives To: Develop capacities among civil society organisations and public institutions by providing client-oriented training and consultancy services. Develop competent trainers proficient in Tamil, Sinhala & English. Incalculate a human resource development culture in civil society organisations. Develop and use innovative and alternative training approaches. Establish links with a network of national and international institutions commited to capacity building.

240/1 Highlevel Road Colombo 06 Sri Lanka

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Peace & Community Action (PCA)

PCA’s mission is to show and encourage people to adopt alternatives to their traditional ways of being and relating to other people, by: Working with individuals, families, communities and people in positions of authority to help them become more self aware; recognise the implications of their actions and decisions on themselves and other people; take responsiblity for their own problems and find their own solutions to them Showing them alternative non violent approaches to their relationships with others and supporting them to practise these. Encouraging them to develop genuine respect for others, recognising that every person, in particularly marginalised people such as the disabled, also have feelings and needs and that everyone should be treated with equality and care. Building strong relationships between people within communities and between communities, based on people’s increasing understanding of each other. Creating a group of skilled and committed non violence activists who can model these approaches in their own lives, share them with others and together make a gradual societal change. In the long term to transforming the environment for political decisions to one where there is more respect and understanding fof underlying needs of others

43 1/1, Nelson Place, Colombo 06, Sri Lanka.

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Peacebuilding and Development Institute in Sri Lanka (PDI-SL)

The Peacebuilding and Development Institute in Sri Lanka (PDI-SL) is a unique initiative offering locally led and internationally recognised training, capacity building and research programmes for conflict-affected areas in South Asia. Opened in 2007 as the first regional institute providing training and learning opportunities on issues related to conflict, peacebuilding and development in South Asia, the Institute is currently in its first phase of development. Over the next two years it aims to grow into the centre in South Asia to which organisations, institutes, practitioners and academics turn to for high quality and regionally specific training, support and research. PDI-SL currently offer: annual professional training programmes; research into peacebuilding and development in South Asia; and bespoke capacity building courses.

31 Walukarama Road Colombo 03 Sri Lanka

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People's Peace Front

People's Peace Front, set up in 1999, is a coalition of more than 200 civic organisations working in all parts of the country. The coalition emphasises the importance of ending the ethnic conflict in a framework of negotiation. The members of PPF elect annually a working committee of 25 members and 7 office bearers. The office bearers are made of 3 Co-Presidents, 2 joint secretaries, a treasurer and an assistant treasurer. The office bearers are responsible for implementing the decisions taken by the working committee. Office staff supports them.

153, Saranankara Road, Dehiwela

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Rural Development Training and Research Institute

The Rural Development Training and Research Institute (RDTRI) functions under the Ministry of Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation. RDTRI was established in 1974 to train personnel, both government and voluntary, in methods and techniques of rural development, primarily with the aim of meeting the challenges of rural underdevelopment and poverty. The institute over time graduated to the status of the Focal Point for Rural Development in Sri Lanka, as its stands today. Thus, Provision of Training and Consultancy Services and Research are the major occupations of the RDTRI.

24/4, Castle Street, Colombo

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Sarvodaya Headquarters

Throughout our 47 year history, Sarvodaya has been committed to transforming Sri Lanka into a non-violent and peaceful land by promoting peace, reconciliation and acceptance across all cultural, religious, regional, political and economic boundaries.

98, Rawatawatta Road, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

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Human rights, peace and conflict studies, srilankanmuslim studies



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Social Policy Analysis & Research Centre (Sparc)

The Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC) of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, provides a focal point within the Sri Lankan University system to integrate research, teaching, training, policy analysis and advocacy on critical areas of social and economic development. The centre facilitates close collaboration between academics and institutions outside of the University system, including governmental as well as non-governmental agencies that are dealing with issues related to social policy.



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Social Scientists' Association,

The Social Scientists’ Association (SSA) was founded in 1977, as an institute of knowledge production and dissemination; it has made contributions not only to the intellectual life in Sri Lanka but the South Asian region and beyond. The SSA has an ongoing commitment to original research, analysis and activity around issues pertaining to peace, democracy, pluralism, ethnic harmony, gender equity, social transformation, labour and human rights.

12, Suleiman Terrace, Colombo

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South Asia Peace Institute

The South Asia Peace Institute (SAPI) is an entity that aims at developing the capacity of all political stakeholders to the Sri Lankan conflict as well as to work towards transforming the environment of the Sri Lankan conflict, effectively. SAPI was formed via the combined efforts of Sri Lanka's main political stakeholders. It is managed by a group of individuals who come from different political parties and civil society organizations. SAPI has also been mandated to provide support services to the Multi-Stakeholder dialogue facilitated by the Sri Lanka One-Text Initiative consists of representatives of Political parties such as UNP, SLFP, SLMC, NUA, and TNA. While the Government Peace Secretariat, LTTE Peace Secretariat and the Muslim Peace Secretariat represent the respective peace secretariats in the Stakeholder Dialogue, Sarvodaya, BCIS represent the civil society organizations in the process.

560, BauddhalokaMawatha, Colombo 08 Sri Lanka

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