US$ 125 Million for Development in 2008 from UN
The United Nations in Sri Lanka has provided US$ 125 million in
development aid to Sri Lankans in 2008.
Speaking after the first joint Annual Review of the United Nations
Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), Neil Buhne, UN Resident/
Humanitarian Coordinator said that the funds represented the collective
efforts of the UN to support the Sri Lankan Government over five years
in its efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals and the National
“This process integrates the UN’s development activities so that we
can best help as a team of partners to bring the fruits of development
to all Sri Lankans,” said Buhne. “This includes providing advice on
developing sound economic and social policies, building capacity of
local institutions to effectively implement policies and working with
communities promoting sustainable livelihoods.
In his opening speech, Sumith Abeysinghe, Secretary, Ministry of
Finance, underscored the importance of the UN system support, stating
that the combined work through the UNDAF has increased the efficiency of
“I believe that progress has been seen in the areas of cooperation in
2008 as a result of the fruitful collaboration between Government
partners at local level with various UN agencies,” said Abeysinghe.
He noted that the objectives in the UNDAF and Mahinda Chinthana have
been synchronized while expressing the Government’s ownership and
commitment to the implementation of the UNDAF in the years to come.
While representing the over-arching framework for the work of the UN,
the UNDAF, which has been operational since 2008, is also a “living
document” with continued reviews and monitoring of programs to ensure
that UN’s support is fully aligned to the country’s development