“Organisational Capacity Enhancement and Networking” (OCEAN) Project funded by the European Union

The “Organisational Capacity Enhancement and Networking” (OCEAN) Project is an action that will contribute to a strengthened civil society which enhances their role in good governance and development processes and practices in the Northern Province, Kilinochchi District, Kandawalai Division and the Central Province, Kandy District, Delthota Division.

The project was initiated by 1st December 2017 and will be moving forward until its completion on the 30th November 2020 for a duration of a three year period under the funding and backing of the European Union. The OCEAN Project action is the product of a collective effort of the consortium SLCDF (the lead applicant) and co-applicants the Women’s Development Centre (WDC) and PAFFREL.As beneficiaries and co-partners with the OCEAN Project, PAFFREL and WDC, have and will continue to influence and enhance the livelihoods of the citizens of the targeted regions of the project while on the path to achieve the set targets of the project. Due to the last Local Government election held in February 2018 SLCDF and Partners commenced the project in December 2017 ahead of the elections. First three months SLCDF concentrated only on the start-up activities, election monitoring and transform the political culture and promote clean politics (M12 Movement) components.

Objectives of the OCEAN Project:

  1. Citizens of Kilinochchi DSD of Kandawalai and Kandy DSD of Delthota will benefit from improved development resource utilization through more informed planning and participation at the grass roots (village) level
  2. A collaborative (Civil Society and GoSL-Local Authorities) bottom-up planning process will be developed leading to the design and implementation of two Divisional Development Plans
  3. Victims of gender discrimination and violence, and general population through gender sensitisation, will benefit from the development and implementation of a Divisional Level Action Plan, contributing to the National SGBV National Plan of Action
  4. A Social Accountability Mechanism will be established through CS and Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) / LA collaboration

Expected results of the OCEAN Project:

  1. The formation of two active Divisional Level Civil Society (CS) Forums;
  2. Successful distribution and imparting of enhanced CS knowledge in government mandates and programmes, the Right to Information Act (RTI), and skills to participate in Divisional Development Planning, SGBV policy discussions, Social Accountability processes and increased motivation to participate in local government – particularly women
  3. Creation of 2 Divisional Level Development Plans with input from Village Plans and including a SGBV action plan
  4. Generation of an active A public Service cadre with skills to work with CS
  5. The inception of a social accountability mechanism in place for PS’s within the divisions and to monitor government plans and budgets at 2 divisional levels

The OCEAN Project target groups:

  1. 92 Civil Society Organisations (NGOs, CBOs) in the two Divisions with enhanced knowledge and skills to actively participate in development planning and monitoring of results, and to promote the empowerment of women;
  2. 240 facilitators established within CS;
  3. 45 GN Divisions, 41 Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) Councillors and 145 GoSL District/Divisional Level officers with enhanced information for planning and skills to interface with CS;