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Our Roots

Trace the journey of our organization from its humble beginnings to its current mission-driven stance.

Our Roots

Trace the journey of our organization from its humble beginnings to its current mission-driven stance

Our Roots

Trace the journey of our organization from its humble beginnings to its current mission-driven stance

Our Roots

Trace the journey of our organization from its humble beginnings to its current mission-driven stance

Our Roots

Trace the journey of our organization from its humble beginnings to its current mission-driven stance


Dive into 'Our Roots' to trace the journey of our organization from its humble beginnings to its current mission-driven stance. Explore our origins, objectives, vision, mission, and meet the dedicated individuals guiding our initiatives through our board of directors.

Our Roots

Our Origins

Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation (SLCDF) is a non-profit and voluntary participatory development organization operational since 2002, as off-spring of Sri Lanka Canada Development Fund (SLCDF)project. From 1987 - 2002, the SLCDF project managed by the South Asia Partnership (SAP), had been generously supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under bilateral agreement, affiliated Canadian Voluntary Organizations and the public of both countries. With the rich programme record coupled with multi-faceted project experience spanning 15 years, SLCDF organization took up the challenge to continue and implement the programme. Using different funding sources and practicing a participatory process it has continued providing development support to most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.



Become a dynamic facilitator for civil society engagement in development


Develop capacity and facilitate spaces for the civil society to secure economic and social rights and entitlements for achieving sustainable development

  • To facilitate and strengthen alliances among civil society actors and networks and promote interface with government agencies and the private sector

  • To facilitate policy intervention on micro finance and support for systematic and efficient management

Unveiling the Core Objectives Guiding Our Mission

  • To facilitate the empowerment of marginalized communities to have equitable access to benefits of development and workout long term solutions through DCs, NGOs, and CBOs

  • To enable research, experimentation and dissemination of appropriate technology and skills to rural communities

  • To promote and establish social harmony and pluralism among communities


Celebrating Success: Milestones in Our Journey

  • Successfully implemented innovative programmes, built extensive and dynamic organizations, country-wide.

  • Built a vibrant network at community, district and national levels, responsible for policy and advocacy.

  • Promoted establishment of NGO National Action Front (NNAF) as an apex body

  • Facilitated the implementation of a Code of Ethics for Voluntary Organizations.

  • Implemented innovative and collaborative Participatory Integrated District Development Programmes (PIDDP) based on identified needs.

  • Developed capacities of grassroots organizations to undertake responsibilities at a higher level.

  • Mainstreamed gender in all development programmers.


  • NGO Management Development Centre was created as an independent training institute to build need-based capacities of NGOs through participatory processes.

  • Launched an island-wide campaign to address predicted food scarcity by promoting conservation farming, dairy farming, conserve and popularizing jak tree (Artocarpus Heterophyllus) planting and promoting jak based food production.

  • Promoted appropriate development theme-based exchange programmes nationally and internationally.

  • Assisted over 17,800 people to rebuild their livelihoods, following the 2004 Tsunami and humanitarian assistance for over 6150 flood affected families, through Disaster Preparedness and Management Centres facilitated by SLCDF.



Voices of Leadership: Chairman and Executive Director

Chairman's Address:
Charting Our Course with Vision and Purpose

We believe you have stayed safe at home, a new experience. Coming back to "NORMAL" is going to be another experience. COVID-19 has made a distinct impact on all of US. While we slowly recover to the so called "normal" state, it will be good to recall what existed before the COVID breakdown, and what we experienced during the months of 'lockdown'. What is this 'normal state' that we are seeking to achieve, COVID affected us directly and indirectly in many ways. For many of us the normal activity that sustained our livelihood was affected. This would have been a great blow to our sustenance and survival, but despite the disruption we have managed the situation. It is of no benefit to blame anybody or COVID, for the situation, as that will not rectify the situation. Instead it would be much more profitable to recall how we survived through those months to ensure that we will not suffer again in the future. If you managed through the donations of 'well-wishers', it would not continue after 'normalization'. Could you go back to what you were doing before? Would that source be available? Many questions will be in your mind. Whatever it may be, the end result is definitely going to be different from what it was. It is this realization and how we will cope with this new situation that will be the most important aspect for the future. COVID provided us direct experiences that are related to the environment, health and social concerns. In the environment area, COVID showed us how bad our air quality had been. Across the world, including Sri Lanka, the air quality improved immensely. According to the National Building Research Authority in Sri Lanka, the quality change was 70% reduction in pollution. We have been breathing dirt, no wonder we were sick!!! The question is do we want to go back to that situation again, to breath poison??? It would have made you realize how consumptive you were. All the stuff that was consumed before the lock down was not available in quantity and in some situations totally. But we have survived. We have learnt through experience the whole concept of 'SUSTAINABILITY' ? living within the means of availability. If you recall seriously, you will realize that we did have all our NEEDS, but not many or any of our WANTS. The production levels decreased, the demands changed, it is true the producers would have been affected in term of their income, but that would have proportionately affected their consumptive life too. The bottom line every body survived at a LOWER LEVEL of PRODUCTION and CONSUMPTION. Within the so called 'foot print' of the planet, much healthier and with less future worries! COVID has clearly taught us that we cannot continue to destroy nature or mess with it. Since 1940, there have been over 335 Emerging Infections of this nature, but fortunately they were not as devastating as COVID-19. All of these have been shown to have been because of our interference with nature. If we continue with the interference, along with the increasing human numbers, there definitely will be more 'covids' to come. DO WE WANT THAT? The global impact of the COVID, has shown us very clearly how even all the best hospital facilities cannot prevent death on entering a hospital, the stark social inequalities among the rich and poor. The poor, unemployed in the developed world came in vehicles for their free food rations. We provided it to the house hold, despite the numbers developing countries have shown a great resilience in comparison to the developed world. What is the secret? There are many more similar experiences of the environment, while the social concerns are no different. The COVID has resurfaced our family, social obligations and country commitments. We have come to realize the importance of self-sustenance. We have come to recognize the need to grow our own food in the backyard. To share what we all have. These great practices were slowly fading off from our society, COVID has resurfaced them and their values recognized. We have to keep them and develop them further to ensure that we use them for the benefit of the society at large. We at SLCDF value these principles, as our future will be based on these principles. The impact of the COVID-19 will not leave us for some time. It will hound us for a long time and affect our activities. This is the stark reality, the bitter truth. SLCDF will however, be with you, our efforts will treble, and continue. Our present response though meagre is done with good faith and within the present capacity. We hope to follow up with more in the future. Follow all health advice and commit to be more environmentally friendly in the future. Stay safe, be safe. Theruwan Saranai TOGETHER WE WILL PREVAIL

Driving Force Behind Our Mission: A Profile of Our Executive Director

Tissa Wijetunga, Graduate of University of Ceylon, Commonwealth Diploma holder, Coady Graduate leads the facilitation role of SLCDF and its network of partner organizations consisting over 4000 CBOs, more than 250 NGOs, 18 District Consortia of NGOs, NGO National Action Front, NGO Management Development Centre and Jak Development Foundation, covering 18 districts of Sri Lanka. After finishing his higher education, he joined Mahaweli Development Board which was the largest Human Development Scheme implemented in South Asia and moved to Land Commissioner's Department and conducted research work to prepare settlement patterns, land reclamation work, planning of resettlement, village expansion and youth settlement schemes for the Mahaweli Development Scheme. He has also worked seventeen years with National Youth Services Council which is the only state organization implementing youth development programmes in Sri Lanka. During this period, he performed different kinds of youth development activities for the youth such as leadership, skill development, entrepreneurship, sports, culture, recreation, youth employment programmes and developing and implementing youth rehabilitation programmes for those who were involved in 1988/1989 insurgencies. In July 1992 he moved to NGO sector from Government service and joined Sri Lanka Canada Development Fund supported by Canadian Development International Agency (CIDA) under a bilateral agreement to build the capacities of local organizations and address poverty and inequity. In March 2002, Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation evolved as a non government voluntary organization being the offspring of Sri Lanka Canada Development Fund and Mr. Wijetunga continued the work in the new organization till December 2011 as Deputy Director. In December 2011 he assumed duties as Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation.

Vidya Jyothi Emeritus
Professor Sarath W. Kotagama


Dr. Ramanie Jayatilaka


Mr. J.M. Henry de Mel


Dr. Kala Peiris


Dr. Chandani Liyanage


Mr. W.H. Karunarathna


Meet Our Board of Management

Get to know the visionary leaders behind our organization. Our Board of Management brings together diverse expertise and dedication, guiding us towards achieving our mission with integrity and foresight.

Our Partners and Supporters

Collaborative Strength: Our Donors



Striving Towards 

Development Goals


Funds Disbursed 

Over LKR

1 Bn

Supported by

Collaborative Strength: Our Donors

Local Partners and Authorities: Collaborating on the Ground