Brief Narrative of Activities of Reconciling Inter‐Religious and Inter‐Ethnic Differences (RIID)

Assessment of the partners and DIRCs
During the reporting period of November and December 2013, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka (NPC) conducted the assessments of partners and District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) to gauge their existing capacity. Eight partners and 6 DIRCs were assessed. These assessments were carried out by Strategic Inspirations (Pvt) Ltd. Upon completion of the assessments, profiles for 8 partners and 6 DIRCs have been prepared. The draft report has also been sent to NPC and finalization of the report is in progress.

As per the schedule of the assessments sent to the donor by NPC with the November Report, it was accomplished as of the reporting date as follows:

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During the assessment, meetings were held in 8 districts, and dates for introductory meetings to revamp the DIRCs with the partners and representatives of the DIRCs were scheduled. In preparation for the introductory meetings, NPC developed a schedule for the meetings, discussed the methodology and provided information to partners in preparation of the upcoming meetings.

Introductory Meetings
Before the introductory meetings held in Mannar, Jaffna, Puttalam and Galle, NPC sent brief information about the RIID project and selection criteria to invite the participants for the meetings. According to the criteria, partners in the districts selected the 30 participants and NPC sent invitations to them. When selecting the participants, NPC took into account the ethnic population ratio in the district and included at least 80% of DIRC members. We made an effort to ensure women’s representation was 30% ofthe total number of the participants.

Currently 4 out of 8 introductory meetings have been held with support of the district partners.The table below shows the categorization of the actual participants at the meetings.At the next meetings, DIRCs have to complete the balance according to the criteria given by NPC.

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We were unable to conduct the meetings as scheduledat 9.30am because of the late arrival of a few participants. However we startedat 10.00am.

After the blessingfromdifferent religious leaders, representatives of the partner's office welcomed all and briefly explained role of the partner in the district in building peace and reconciliation, except for the Jaffna partner who was unable to attend. Rev.Fr. Dixon welcomedparticipants and explained the
objectives of the meeting.

Dr.Jehan Perera, Executive Director NPC,spoke on the role of NPC in the current situation in country. He pointed out the following matters and participants engaged actively in the session.

Saman Seneviratne, Acting Project Coordinator explained the objectives of the RIID project and introduced the project to the relevant partners and DIRC members and discussed with them the necessary changes and improvements to existing DIRCs in order to strengthen its member representation, capacity and practicability to implement the project. He also explained the implementation process and time line of the activities.Pushpa Ranjanie, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, explained the LFA briefly and how to reach the outcomes of the project. M.Z.M. Fazeen explained finance matters and clarified them in detail to the partners after the meeting.

After the sessions, 4 conveners were selected from 4 religions for each DIRC. The following decisions were taken by participants in the Mannar and Jaffna DIRCs:

(See Annex 1‐ Guidance and criteria of assessment for DIRC and Partner; Annex 2‐ Guidance and criteria
of introductory meeting; Annex 3‐ Agenda of introductory meeting)

ACHIEVEMENTS

CHALLENGES/TRENDS