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Kalametiya > Project Implementation
The Board of Trustees for the Kalametiya Rehabilitation
& Development Trust will provide technical expertise, and overall
management guidelines for the activities to be implemented under
this project. A Field Site Manager will be appointed for the project
to coordinate and implement activities at the site-level in Kalametiya.
This individual should ideally be from the Kalametiya area and have
some experience of working with the local community in relation
to social or development work. Knowledge of socio-economic research
methodologies including participatory rural appraisal (PRA) techniques
would be a distinct advantage, especially when undertaking needs
assessments for selecting suitable recipients for the different
project activities. Other field staff may be appointed as and when
required depending on how the scope of the project evolves. The
Trust will also seek to identify a range of appropriate partners
including state agencies, NGOs, private companies and individuals
to mobilize the planning, skills and equipment necessary to carry
out the proposed activities.
Monitoring is critical to ensure the long-term
sustainability of activities implemented under the project and a
monitoring and evaluation framework will be developed for this purpose.
Stakeholder participation will be ensured at all levels of monitoring
and reporting including at the community level. Regular progress
reports will be prepared and submitted to donors. In addition a
website will be set up for the Kalametiya Rehabilitation & Development
Trust. An e-news update giving regular updates of project activities
with links to the website will also be circulated via email.
Coordination of implementation activities
As mentioned previously, the KRDT will seek to
work in close collaboration with government efforts and other major
projects that are working in the Kalametiya area. Links have already
been established with the two major projects in the Kalametiya area
– the CRM project and the GEF RUK project and we will also
inform the Divisional Secretariats of Tangalle and Ambalantota and
local Pradeshiya Saba of what we propose to do, to ensure that we
are not in conflict with local planning and are not duplicating
other rehabilitation and development efforts in the area. Under
the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources an Operational Committee
has been set up to help coordinate relief and rehabilitation efforts
around the country. The Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry
who is chairing this committee has also been informed in writing
of what we propose to do through our Trust Fund. This national-level
committee will in turn inform the District-level Operational Committee
of our work plan, who will provide this information to the relevant
DS level working committees. In addition it must be noted that in
the aftermath of the tsunami disaster there have been several other
private rehabilitation efforts that have been proposed for the Kalametiya
area by interested parties and we will ensure that we liaise with
these other efforts as well.
Principles for selecting interventions and recipients
for project interventions
It must be noted that coastal communities in
Kalametiya, as elsewhere, are not homogenous groups in terms of
wealth and there are various levels of poverty within a village.
Whist the tsunami did not distinguish between the poor and better-off
families that it affected, it is clear that some families are more
vulnerable when facing this kind of natural catastrophe than others.
The KRDT will remain aware at all times of these underlying factors
that influence the community dynamics, and to avoid misunderstandings
when implementing activities will adhere to the following principles:
- Remain transparent at the grass-roots
level to ensure that the community is well aware of our overall
objectives and proposed activities.
- Remain fair in terms of selecting interventions
for implementation to ensure that the most vulnerable groups are
- Remain fair in terms of selecting recipients
for particular interventions, ensuring that the selection does
not create conflict among community members.
- Remain sensitive to the particular
needs of women and children, particularly in cases where the family
breadwinner or a child has been lost.
- Ensure that all interventions support
activities that are environmentally sustainable, both for the
long-term benefit of the communities and to support government
natural resource management policies that promote sustainable
In addition a comprehensive set of criteria
will be developed for each intervention to determine how recipients
will be selected, to avoid any confusion of conflict at a later
stage among the community. To do this, each of the proposed interventions
will be discussed with the communities prior to developing detailed
programmes so that their perspectives and priorities are understood.
The specific roles (e.g. skilled and unskilled labour, knowledge
of traditional methods and resources) of various community groups
in implementing the intervention programmes will also be identified
through this dialogue. This participation of the beneficiaries is
critical in creating ownership of the activities amongst the community,
and this in turn is essential if the interventions under this Trust
are to achieve the long-term impacts necessary.