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Sri Lanka

With the military conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over, there is much to be done to ensure that lasting peace is enjoyed by all Sri Lankans in the future.

Saferworld has previously worked in Sri Lanka, examining conflict drivers and seeking opportunities for effective long-term peace and security. Promoting conflict-sensitive development is an important step in that direction.

Developing conflict-sensitive approaches

All organisations working in conflict-affected areas, including aid agencies, will inevitably have an impact on local peace and conflict dynamics. It is important that aid does not introduce new drivers for conflict or exacerbate existing ones. We offered practical advice to a number of aid agencies in Sri Lanka to develop conflict-sensitive approaches to development in the North and Eastern provinces as well as in the South of Sri Lanka.   

We assessed the conflict sensitivity of the EU development co-operation programme and 16 EU-funded projects throughout Sri Lanka from 2009 to 2010. We also published a report, 'Conflict-sensitivity assessment of EU programmes in Sri Lanka: best practices and recommendations for project partners', for EU implementing partners and others to learn from the EU and its partners’ experiences in Sri Lanka.

Between 2008 and 2012 we were also a member of the Conflict Sensitivity Consortium, a group of 35 humanitarian, development and peacebuilding agencies, funded by the UK Department for International Development to take advantage of members’ collective experience and develop guidance for the wider sector.

China’s impact on peace and security in Sri Lanka

China’s deepening engagement in conflict-affected countries is creating new challenges for its policy makers as they come to terms with the contradictions between a policy of non-interference, their new-found responsibility and influence, and new interests that need protecting. The last few years of the war in Sri Lanka coincided with a deepening of relations with China. We analysed the role China played during this period and what impact it had on the conflict and on the form stability has taken in post-war Sri Lanka.

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