International Alert celebrated 10 years of working in Sri Lanka last month.
International Alert has been working on Sri Lanka since the 1990s and opened its country office there in 2003. Over the years, Alert has worked with various partners and stakeholders to promote peace in the country. Alert is currently working with civil society organisations and cross-party MPs in Sri Lanka, alongside the Sri Lankan diaspora in the UK, towards strengthening the Sri Lankan diaspora's capacity for reconciliation and social cohesion.
The anniversary event took place at the Barefoot Gallery Café in Colombo on 15 November 2013, and was attended by officials from the British High Commission, young Sri Lankan parliamentarians, members of the volunteer-led organisation Achieve Real Change (ARC), and other partners.
Speaking at the occasion, Alert’s Country Director in Sri Lanka Johann Rebert said: “Marking 10 years is an opportunity to reconnect with old partners and friends and strengthen relationships with new friends and partners. We look forward to the continued support of our valuable partners in our future activities.”
Commenting on the support his organisation received from Alert, Dr. Asanga Fernando of ARC said: “Alert has supported us in Sri Lanka, and in the UK in terms of understanding the conflict and engaging harmoniously. We appreciate all the assistance they have extended towards us.”
Over the years, Alert Sri Lanka has been instrumental in developing various research publications focusing on peace and aid initiatives. It has also worked with local businesses to promote peace and development that is both sustainable and inclusive.
Alert's then Country Manager for Sri Lanka Johan Rebert with Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka & Maldives – British High Commission Robbie Bulloch
Members of Achieve Real Change (ARC)
Alert staff from Sri Lanka and the UK at the anniversary event in Colombo
Photos: Chamil Thanthrimudalige/ International Alert