Joint Plan for Assistance – Northern Province 2012

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Humanitarian Context:

Considerable progress has been made towards the commitment by the Government of Sri Lanka to finding a durable solution for all people displaced by the war, including return to their home areas. Since the humanitarian crisis triggered by the displacement of nearly 300,000 Internally Displaced Persons from the conflict zone in 2008 and into 2009, the Government ensured basic humanitarian assistance to those in camps, supported by the United Nations (UN), national and international NonGovernment Organizations (NGOs), and International Organizations (IOs). Soon after the conflict ended, the Government launched a sustained resettlement campaign for the displaced, beginning with the 180-Day Programme in mid-2009, engaging closely with partners in rapid early recovery interventions to stabilize returning communities. Building upon these achievements, the Government’s ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ (Northern Spring) programme serves as the master plan for resettlement and development of the Northern Province. Also, the Government is keen to find durable solutions for a significant number of people displaced prior to 2008.