Sri Lanka Evaluations

Final External Evaluation: Sri Lankans Mobilised to Achieve Reconciliation and Transformation (SMART)

The reports present the findings of the Final External Evaluation of the project ‘Sri Lankans Mobilized to Achieve Reconciliation and Transformation’ (SMART) implemented by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Sri Lanka together with Peace and Community Action (PCA) and Association for War Affected Women (AWAW), two national NGOs operating in Sri Lanka. The project was funded by European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) country based support scheme 2014 for a period of 24 months. The SMART project’s overall objective was to empower divided communities to contribute towards reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka. It aimed at increasing the capacity of youth, religious and community leaders to initiate activities for reconciliation in their community; promoting local level collaborative initiatives that facilitate inter-ethnic and interreligious coexistence, and increasing civic engagement around the implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report. The main activities of the project were capacity building, engagement and collaboration and dialogue sessions on LLRC implementation/transitional justice. The project was implemented in three districts of Sri Lanka, namely, Matara in the Southern Province, Ampara in the Eastern province and Mannar in the Northern province. The evaluation found that the project has made some significant strides towards achieving the objectives with increased capacity of youth, religious and community leaders to initiate activities for reconciliation in their community, promotion of local level collaborative initiatives that facilitate inter-ethnic and interreligious coexistence and increased civic engagement around transitional justice interventions as guided by the LLRC recommendations report.

Final Evaluation: Women in Local Governance

The report presents the findings of the external Final evaluation of the “Women in Local Governance” Project implemented by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Sri Lanka, in partnership with two national partners, the Association for War Affected Women (AWAW) and Women’s Media Collective (WMC), along with three district partners namely Women’s Resource Centre (WRC), Women Development Centre (WDC) and Foundation for Rural Empowerment in Digamadulla (FRED). The project worked with aspiring women leaders in the three selected districts of Kurunegala, Badulla, and Ampara. The project intended to strengthen the capacity of emerging women, political leaders, to engage in local governance in selected districts; create a positive public attitude towards women as political leaders; and engage political parties to increase participation of women in local authorities. The evaluation found that the project was highly relevant in the current context of Sri Lanka and was effective in enhancing the leadership capacity of women considering the forthcoming local government election in Sri Lanka.

Final Evaluation for the TEAM Project

This report presents the findings of the final external evaluation of the project, “TEAM/TOUR (Team Outreach for Reconciliation) was implemented to produce and air the episodic TV series ‘Team’ (known as Sikka TEAM in Sri Lanka), which merges the global appeal of sport (Cricket) with drama to help transform social attitudes and reduce violent behavior. An abridged version of Sikka Team and small community grants were utilized to implement outreach activities in five Districts. The initiatives worked with women and youth to foster reconciliation and promote stronger interethnic and interreligious relationships between communities.

Final Evaluation: “Citizens in Governance”

This is the report of the external evaluation of the project “Citizens in Governance: Promoting Collaboration in Local Governance” Implemented by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) during the period of January 2013 – March 2016. This two year was funded by European Union and was implemented in six districts namely Ampara, Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kandy, and Nuwara-Eliya. The overall objective of this project was to improve local service delivery through increased cooperation between Pradeshiya Sabhas and Non State Actors (NSAs). The project intended to engage with PSs to advocate for better policies and delivery of; to improve the policies and operations of PSs; and to increase collaborative efforts between PSs and local NSAs in the targeted divisions. The evaluation found that i) PSs and NSAs are better able to work together to deliver more effective local services to marginalized and vulnerable populations by the end of the project; ii) there is increased cooperation between target communities, NSAs and PSs to promote improved governance and equitable access to resources and services (e.g. citizen welfare and poverty reduction schemes; and iii) marginalized groups and individuals in targeted communities are able to contribute to PSs processes. There are few lesson learned from the project which are described in detail in the report.

Empowering Women Leaders for Social Integration – Final Evaluation Report

This is the evaluation report of a 15-month project ‘Empowering Women Leaders for Social integration’. The project was implemented by SFCG in partnership with the Ministry of National language and Social Reintegration of Sri Lanka and was funded by UNDP. The was a pilot project and worked with a small groups of local women leaders in two conflict ridden district of Sri Lanka. The evaluation found that the project has been successful in building leadership capacity among women leaders and enhance their networking among others leaders and organizations.

Promoting Active Citizenship in the Hill Country – Final Evaluation Report

Search for Common Ground|Sri Lanka (SFCG|SL) implemented an 18-month project (June 2011 to December 2012) entitled: Promoting Active Citizenship in the Hill Country in Sri Lanka, in the Nuwara-Eliya and Badulla Districts of Northern Sri Lanka. The overarching goal of the project was to empower the Tamil people in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country to identify and work towards addressing gaps in the exercise of their rights as equal citizens of the State.