Participants identified economic activities that could be undertaken, especially by women and unemployed youth from different communities, and individuals and institutions that could sponsor economic activities in each district.
At each meeting NPC Project Manager, Saman Seneviratne, explained the severity of the economic crisis in the country and how it had been affected by conflict, corrupt politics and incompetent governance. He added that racism and religious discrimination had played a part in destroying the economy during the past two years.
Some participants said the discussion had opened their eyes as to how much ethnic and religious divisions and discrimination had hampered the economy and how important it was for DIRCs to support people to start a business as a means on earning incomes or to rebuild a collapsed business through the collective contribution of members from different communities.
Also under the PACT project, training programmes on human rights, fundamental rights, Right to Information and pluralism were held for government officials and women political leaders and community leaders in several districts.