The Northern Rehabilitation Project is a GTZ-supported initiative involved in post-conflict reconstruction in the North and East of Sri Lanka following the ceasefire accords there in 2002. In 2004, the project approached IMM to provide training in Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches, for project staff, staff from some of their counterpart agencies in the North and East of the country and for other potential consultants country-wide. Two training events for this group were held in 2004.
After the catastrophic tsunami of late 2004, the NRP was expanded and became a much wider initiative working both in post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction both in the North, East and South of Sri Lanka. In 2006, the project asked for further training for new staff and subsequently requested IMM to develop the materials used for these training events into a comprehensive "package" providing an introduction to Sustainable Livelihoods for development workers in Sri Lanka, a comprehensive set of training materials for future trainers and a set of related resource materials.
IMMs approach to building capacity to utilise the SLA is based on the need to "rebuild" the approach in every new situation where it is proposed. The process of helping people to identify for themselves the various elements in their livelihoods and think about the linkages between those elements seems to play a key role in generating the sort of holistic and dynamic learning that the SLA requires. This builds on one of the key strengths of the SLA - its' adaptability to a wide range contexts which allows people to see themselves and their situations reflected in the framework. The two frameworks below have been developed by participants at different SL workshops. The framework developed by the participants in the NRP traininge in 2006 was built in Tamil to help the participants to fully appreciate the complexities of the elements and relationships that form a persons livelihood.