The project is funded by USAID under its Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Activity. Its aim is to work towards a sustainable and inclusive peace by building a pluralistic society that embraces Sri Lanka’s religious and ethnic diversity.
It recognises that sustainable peace is best achieved by combining institutional and personal approaches and by changing attitudes through interaction among different identity groups.
The three-year project aims to strengthen Sri Lankan efforts to advance social cohesion and reconciliation. It works on three sub-purposes - promote a cohesive Sri Lankan identity, reduce socio-economic disparities and enhance community resilience.
NPC is working to promote a cohesive Sri Lankan identity and aims to accomplish three results: to engage communities constructively in reconciliation processes; strengthen citizen-driven initiatives and networks to promote social cohesion and reconciliation across divided communities, and improve local and national government institutions processes promoting social cohesion and reconciliation.
NPC’s activities are centred in the Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Kilinochchi and Moneragala districts by training and mentoring community members, civil society organizations and local authorities to engage in dialogue with different communities and to identify and address potential issues that may cause conflict.