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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP): Sri Lanka (ECHO/LKA/BUD/2012/91000) - Last update: 21/05/12, Version 1

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Description of most acute humanitarian needs:

  • Protection – Ensure access to legal services, protection from violence and ensure access to humanitarian aid for most vulnerable. Protection mainstreaming is key in all other sectors of intervention by ensuring effective beneficiary selection mechanisms and adapting programs to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are considered and met.

  • Humanitarian demining – Mine/Explosive Remnants of War clearance and Mine Risk Education in areas of recent return.

  • Coordination - Ensure constructive interaction among stakeholders involved in the aid effort, providing accurate and adequate info analysis and sharing as well as advocacy on key issues related to aid implementation in line with international principles.

  • Food assistance/Livelihoods – Food and livelihood needs persist and require support programs to lessen dependence of external assistance and render the conflict affected population self-reliant; gaining a more accurate understanding of household economy of the most vulnerable and ensuring effective data-sharing with development agencies.

  • Transitional Shelter – Provide transitional shelter solutions until permanent housing programs follow; legal assistance with respect to land ownership.

  • Health – Mental health support and psychosocial activities which could be mainstreamed in other sectors of intervention; support to persons with disabilities; assessment of nutrition situation.

  • Water & Sanitation – Access to clean water and sanitary facilities in the areas of return and displacement.

The incorporation of cross-cutting issues such as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), protection and psychosocial programming needs to be ensured. The last stages of the conflict caused psychological trauma for a large number of people, which has created a high need for psycho-social support with a holistic approach. Ideally it should be made in close linkage with local health and education actors to encourage sustainability.