The overall goal is to sustain the space for a political solution to the ethnic conflict and inter-ethnic reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka.
The objectives of the project are to keep the space open for political reform and to sustain the platform provided by the District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) to stay engaged in coexistence and reconciliation work and religious leaders and community leaders.
The project seeks to use the experience gained by members of DIRCs in preventing and solving ethnic and religious conflicts that arise in their areas. Solving unresolved issues that were identified under the IMPACT will be a focus of the project, which will be implemented in 16 districts and target new benficiaries including local level politicians and youth parliament members to address the problem of diminishing space for liberal and plural values.
Another focus was to foster discourse on the process of conflict transformation with national level religious leaders, professionals, academics and journalists. These are preliminary interventions aimed at using the space that has opened up to discuss the reconciliation from a pluralistic perspective.
The issues the project will focus on include Transitional Justice, reconciliation, pluralism and constitutional reform that will yield a power sharing solution. This will counter the tendency towards the mainstreaming of extreme nationalism in the South of the country among the Sinhalese ethnic majority and also the rise in extreme nationalism in the North of the country among the Tamil people.