Below are listed peacebuilding and conflict resolution organisations active in Sri Lanka. Just click on a group’s name for further information.
Ahavoli Family Services Centre
Based in Jaffna, Ahavoli offers counselling to communities affected by the conflict in Sri Lanka. They also offer training in Non-Violent Communication (NVC) skills.
Association of War Affected Women (AWAW)
The work of AWAW is focused on creating and fostering a space for women affected by war and safeguarding human rights and democracy.
This well-established organisation runs various projects to help Muslim and Tamil communities escape the cycle of violence in Eastern Sri Lanka.
Center for Peace and Reconciliation (CPR)
CPR is based in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. They work with victims of the war such as school children, orphans and people who have been economically marginalised due to war.
Centre for East Lanka Social Services (CELSS)
The Centre for East Lanka Social Services was formed by young people to promote mutual understanding among Tamil and Muslim communities in Ampara, Sri Lanka.
Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (CPBR)
CPBR aims to bridge divisions in Sri Lanka by creating networked peacebuilding groups in diverse areas of the country.
Centre for Performing Arts (CPA)
Founded in Jaffna, in 1965, The Centre for Performing Arts is Sri Lanka's longest standing organisation using arts for peacebuilding.
Community Development Organisation (CDO)
CDO was established in 1996 by internally displaced people (IDP) in Puttalam to speak for the IDP community affected by the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.
Community Trust Fund (CTF)
CTF’s main activities – all of which target IDPs in Sri Lanka - include providing relief, recovery, resettlement, reintegration and reconciliation.
Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA)
The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies is an association of agencies working in, and supporting work in, Sri Lanka for peacebuilding and humanitarian work.
Council of Non-Governmental Organisations – Jaffna
The Council of NGOs -Jaffna brings together around 20 organisations in this region of Sri Lanka to campaign on issues of peace and social justice.
Human Resource and Environmental Protection Organisation (HREPO)
HREPO aims to improve peace and security in Sri Lanka through environmental sustainability and the fostering of inter-ethnic relationships.
Initiative for Political and Conflict Transformation (Inpact)
Inpact’s aim is to contribute to a process of political and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka by creating a new political culture.
Jaffna Social Action Centre (JASC)
Based in Sri Lanka, JSAC works with IDPs at a community level to improve conditions by providing infrastructure and transforming lives through training.
Janakaraliya is a theatre group which performs all over Sri Lanka, promoting grassroots level peace and reconciliation between communities divided along ethnic, social and religious lines.
Jeeva Jothy works all over Sri Lanka helping female former LTTE child soldiers to integrate into their communities after the conflict.
Jeewa Shakthi Foundation
Jeewa Shakthi works for conflict transformation in Sri Lanka by focusing on the socio-political causes of conflict and bringing people together to educate them on non-violent means of conflict resolution.
Law and Society Trust (LST)
LST is a research and advocacy organistion for the promotion of access to justice, human rights, and public accountability in Sri Lanka
National Ethnic Unity Foundation (NEUF)
The NEUF uses environmental and business projects to create an everday peace among the former conflicting parties in Sri Lanka.
National Peace Council (NPC)
NPC's main focus of work is on peace education and inter-ethnic exchanges in Sri Lanka. They also engage in national-level advocacy work.
Non-Violent Direct Action Group (NVDAG)
NVDAG works to enhance the quality of life of war-affected children, young people and women by encouraging them to participate in social change in Sri Lanka.
Peace and Community Action (PCA)
PCA works in the areas of conflict transformation, non-violent approaches to conflict, and capacity building in Sri Lanka.
Peace and Health Progressing Organisation (PHPO)
PHPO is primarily involved with improving inter-ethnic communication and understanding in Sri Lanka's Anuradhapura District.
Peace Development Foundation (PDF)
PDF was established in 2002 with a focus on the Mannar District of Sri Lanka with a particular focus on easing relations between IDPs and host communities.
Peacebuilding and Development Institute in Sri Lanka (PDI-SL)
Based in Sri Lanka, PDI-SL offer locally led and internationally recognised training, capacity building and research programmes for conflict-affected areas in South Asia.
People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL)
PAFFREL monitor elections and educate people about the importance of using elections in Sri Lanka.
Power Foundation mainly works at a grassroots level amongst the tea plantation workers in central Sri Lanka. It acts to promote awareness of gender equality, to ease ethnic conflict, and to conduct peace building-building activities between the plantation workers and neighbouring villages.
Rural Development Foundation (RDF)
This organisation works with communities from under-developed rural areas in Sri Lanka to improve their social and economic situation.
Through two national networks of community-based non-governmental organisations, Samadeepa have been working towards positive conflict transformation in Sri Lanka.
Samasevaya works to promote peace in Sri Lanka through development and by raising awareness.
Sandhi Institute was established in 2002 and works mainly in providing training and facilitation in non-violent communication in Sri Lanka.
Sarvodaya is Sri Lanka's largest people's organisation with a network of over 15,000 villages, 100,000 young people mobilsed for peace, and 4,335 schools.
Saviya Development Foundation (SDF)
SDF works for peace in Sri Lanka through promoting development of war-affected communities, and supporting civil society.
Sewalanka builds networks between young people, community organisations, and local leaders to build strong, effective networks for peace.
Shanthiham: Association for Health and Councelling
Shanthiham provides psychological support services, such as counselling, to torture victims and those who are psychologically affected by conflict in Sri Lanka.
Sithumina provides multi-ethnic and multi-religious forums for Sri Lankan communities to develop a sense of unity with their neighbours.
Social Policy Analysis Research Centre (SPARC)
SPARC operates within Sri Lankan universities to provide a focal point for work on social and economic development as a means of addressing conflict.
Sri Lanka Unites (SLU)
Sri Lanka Unites brings together young people from all over the island to foster reconciliation among the population.
Suriya Women’s Development Center (SWDC)
SWDC was established in 1991 with the objective of working with women and children displaced by conflict in Sri Lanka.
Survivors Associated promotes a solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka based on co-existence of ethnicities.
Universal Human Development Foundation (UDHF)
UHDF aims to strengthen and empower Sri Lankan civil society, especially at village level, to enable them to facilitate non-violent conflict transformation.
Widaloka Cultural Foundation (WCF)
WCF aims to create interf-aith harmony in Puttalam, Sri Lanka, delivering practical development projects to help raise living standards and offer non-violent livelihoods.
Women’s Development Foundation (WDF)
WDF works in Sri Lanka with a focus specifically on supporting women to overcome the experience of war.