CHA and ILO join the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation in promoting socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants and other conflict affected youth in Pooneryn
While the rehabilitation and reintegration of most ex-combatants has been successfully pursued by the Government of Sri Lanka, in order to ensure that deradicalization is not derailed it is essential to ensure economic support for these former victims of terrorism. Many programmes of economic reintegration are conducted for the ex-combatants, though support to extend these is always welcome.
Out of approximately 11,500 LTTE ex-combatants, more than 10,000 are back at home after the rehabilitation programme conducted by the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR). In order to support secure and peaceful reintegration of these individuals, the International Labour Organization (ILO) supported BCGR to offer Community Based Reintegration (CBR) through vocational training and enterprise development support. BCRG partnered the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) for ground implementation together with technical guidance from NAITA.
Economic reintegration is at the heart of the wider reintegration process, and remains central to the successful re-integration of ex-combatants. Many indicate that being able to provide for one`s family is an integral part of their identity and respect in the community. Reintegration is a process assisting in the transition of ex-combatants from military to civilian livelihoods, in which communities and families play a crucial role. In CBR the community assumes a more central role and is provided in general with tools, training and means to support and accompany the reintegration process. In CBR-type of approaches combatants are assisted together with other members of the community. This also serves to reduce the resentment of those who were not combatants but find much being done for the latter.
Under the Community Based Reintegration project in August 2011 nearly 300 youths from Kilinochchi, both ex-combatants and others affected by the conflict, were provided at different locations in Pooneriyn, Kilinochchi and Karachchi DS Divisions with vocational training in areas such as computer hardware repair , tailoring, out boat motor engine repairs, TV repair, mobile phone repair, welding, agricultural equipment repair and motor bike repair. These youth are given vocational training and, following the successful completion of the training program, provided with a tool kit to start their own self employment.
It is hoped that further such programmes will be conducted, with stress also on soft skills to promote employment prospects.
International Aide et Action, which had begun delivery in Vavuniya of its model of personality development along with skills development, has put forward plans for further work in Mullaitivu too, and it is hoped that funding will be made available for this purpose. It is hoped that further such programmes will be conducted, with stress also on soft skills to promote employment prospects.
International Aide et Action, which had begun delivery in Vavuniya of its model of personality development along with skills development, has put forward plans for further work in Mullaitivu too, and it is hoped that funding will be made available for this purpose.
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