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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.



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


Become a dynamic Facilitator for civil society engagement in development


  • 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

  • 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

Vision and Mission


  • Successfully implemented innovative programmes, built extensive and dynamic organizations, country-wide, towards attaining sustainable development.

  • Built a vibrant network at community, district and national levels, responsible for policy and advocacy and promoted established NGO National Action Front (NNAF) as an apex body and 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.

Chairman's Speech

Chairman of SLCDF

Vidya Jyothi Emeritus Prof. Sarath Wimalabandara Kotagama


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.

Executive Director's Speech

Executive Director of SLCDF

Mr.Tissa Wijetunga


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.

Board Members

Board of Directors

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Vidya Jyothi Emeritus
Professor Sarath W. Kotagama


Dr. Ramanie Jayatilaka


Mr. J.M. Henry de Mel


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Dr. Kala Peiris


Dr. Chandani Liyanage


Mr. W.H. Karunarathna






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