The National Policy for Social Integration (NPFSI) was formulated by the former Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration (present Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages) with a vision to safeguard fundamental human rights and promote social and legal protection and foster cohesion, harmony and inclusion through the assurance of socio-economic well-being and social justice. The policy is founded on the rights-based approach, highlighting the significance of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and the duties of the state to enhance social justice and inclusion.FLICT is proud to have contributed towards the formulation of the NPFSI as it marks a significant stride towards achieving social cohesion in Sri Lanka.
This unit constitutes one of the most dynamic and rewarding work areas of FLICT. Our grass-root oriented work is all about demystifying concepts of social integration; supporting local communities to grapple with it; make sense of it in terms of their day-to-day lived reality and to discover along with them, ways to put social integration in to practice in tangible and meaningful ways.
At the local level FLICT is committed towards supporting existing partner structures and facilitating new stakeholder collaborations to put social integration in to practice. Our programme officers deployed in Mullativu, Badulla, Ampara, Puttalam and Galle play the role of peers, coaches and facilitators to stakeholders in their respective districts and a cluster of districts adjoining their base station.
Arts & Culture for Social Integration
The relationship between FLICT and the Arts goes a long way.
The role that culture plays when it comes to addressing issues pertaining to reconciliation and social integration in a pluralistic society is one that FLICT doesn’t take lightly. From its very inception, FLICT has recognized the value of cultural transformation through the arts, not just as a tool but a prerequisite to achieving a lasting peace.
‘Transforming cultural identities towards an inclusive society’ one of FLICT’s earliest programmatic areas soon proved to be one of its’ strongest. Over 80 initiatives were supported by FLICT between 2005 and 2010. These included creative and experimental works by local artists and cultural actors from all parts of the island.
Capacity Development, Learning & Innovation (CD & LI)
Taking the Lead in Consolidating lessons learnt over the years and supporting Capacity Development, Learning & Innovation.
Capacity development has been an integral part of FLICT from the inception of the project. The strong focus on learning and innovation laid by GIZ is reflected in the processes and policies guiding FLICT. We recognize that this work area- cutting across all of our other programme areas - is an evolving and complex process characterized by both success and setbacks.
Our understanding of Capacity Development is rooted in its concept of sustainable development. It supports enhancing the capacities of individuals, organizations and societies, so that partners can articulate, negotiate and implement their own ideas for reform and development.