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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2370

Sri Lanka: UNDP partners with Brandix in the water and sanitation sector

Colombo, 21 June, (Asiantribune.com): UNDP and Brandix Lanka Limited, the single largest apparel export company based in Sri Lanka, signed recently a two cost-share agreements worth US $23,810 [LKR 2,381,400] at the UN Head Quarters in Colombo. These funds will be utilized in the water and sanitation sector in post-tsunami recovery and reconstruction. Mr. Abu Selim, UNDP’s Country Director and Mr. Feroz Omar, Board Director of Brandix Lanka, signed the partnership agreement.Mr. Abu Selim, UNDP’s Country Director and Mr. Feroz Omar, Board Director of Brandix Lanka, signed the partnership agreement.
The funds raised by these two cost-share agreements would benefit tsunami affected communities in Kattankudi in the Eastern Province and Lunawa Moratuwa in the Western Province.

A Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) is to be established in Kattankudi. Sanitation has been a major concern in Kattankudi which is said to be one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Waste water flows into the lagoon untreated; the lagoon is one of the major sources of livelihood for the people of Kattankudi. The plant would serve as a first step towards mitigating pollution, which has a direct negative impact on livelihoods and health of the people in the area.

It is noteworthy that the Kattankudi WWTP project is linked to a large-scale water and sanitation project done by the Coca-Cola Co. The comprehensive project involves rainwater harvesting, better hygiene promotion and bio-cell filtration apart from the WWTP that Brandix is supporting.

Brandix is also providing an internal water supply network for the UNDP housing project in Lunawa, Moratuwa, benefiting 100 families.

Apart from the infrastructure support, Brandix is providing capacity building support for the beneficiaries as part of their involvement with UNDP. They will be working with the same community to give them basic livelihood related tools that were lost in the tsunami while working with the community on 5S principles, energy saving strategies, environmentally friendly community development strategies and basic waste management skills.

The support given by Brandix will be channeled through UNDP’s housing project, which is constructing or repairing 414 houses in the districts of Jaffna, Trincomalee, Galle, Colombo and Kalutara. UNDP actively encourages participation of the beneficiaries themselves in the construction/repair of their housing.

At the signing, Mr. Abu Selim said partnerships with the private sector are relatively new for UNDP Sri Lanka. He said ‘We will continue to seek and encourage more joint ventures such as this one with the private sector in our humanitarian work in Sri Lanka’.

Mr Feroz Omar said Brandix chose to work with UNDP because of its vast experience in development activities in all regions of the country sans discrimination. He added ‘We are encouraged by this rare opportunity to bring in our expertise from the corporate sector to the development field”. The head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Brandix Lanka, Shamilka Samarasinha said that they were happy to partner with UNDP because of “UNDP’s accountability and transparency structures which allows for efficient implementation of projects along with responsible monitoring and reporting to beneficiaries and donors alike”.

- Asian Tribune -

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