Field Training

MDP students’ field training is hosted by a growing network of MDP partners, including the following institutions:

Foundation for Climate, Environment, and Technology

Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology is a non-profit that works with partners in government institutions, research institutes and universities to develop usable scientific and technological information that can be applied in diverse sectors. FECT projects are in the areas of water resources, human-elephant conflict, rice, plantations, disaster management, malaria and dengue. FECT is actively involved in supporting the internship programme of the MDP. FECT also provides curriculum support and learning materials through its MDP website.



Centre for Poverty Analysis

CEPA works with local and international NGOs, government and donors, assisting clients to design programmes, prioritise pro-poor interventions, construct monitoring systems, carry out in-process monitoring and independent external evaluations and to develop organisational capacity in project design, monitoring and evaluation relating to resettlement, conflict, infrastructure (roads, energy, water and sanitation), plantations, children’s issues and youth.



The Gemidiriya Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project (GCDLIP) uses a participatory approach and focuses on livelihood improvement and gender empowerment. It works with local community based organisations and local government to develop accountable and self-governing institutions to manage sustainable investments at the village level.



Mahaweli Authority

Having administered Sri Lanka’s largest integrated rural development multi-purpose river basin programme, the Mahaweli Authority continues to implement development projects in the Mahaweli river basin relating to increasing agricultural production, managing hydro-power, generating employment, resettlement and flood control.



Practical Action, South Asia

Practical Action – South Asia focuses on technology as a tool in poverty reduction and development while having a holistic view on development including the social and economic. Its current projects relate to post-conflict reconstruction, disaster risk reduction, wind, biogas and ‘pico’ hydro energy projects, adapting agriculture to climate change, and community governance. As the regional host for Duryog Nivaran, Practical Action supported an internship in the 2012/13 academic year.


Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, United Kingdom

The University of Peradeniya recently signed an MOU with the University of Salford, U.K. A key area of collaboration under this MOU is the support provided by academics from the Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR), University of Salford, to the Master of Development Practice programme. This support includes the provision of resource persons and learning materials for selected courses and potential involvement of MDP students in infrastructure-related field projects of the CDR.



Ministry of Environment, Maldives

The Ministry of Environment, Maldives and FECT jointly supported a field internship in the 2012/13 academic year.






UNDP, Sri Lanka

UNDP began operations in Sri Lanka in 1967. UNDP’s overarching goal is to support the country in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and the reduction of poverty. UNDP pursues this goal by working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka and supporting its agenda and objectives as captured within the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and in line with the government national development strategy, set out in the ‘Mahinda Chinthana: Vision for a New Sri Lanka.’ The UNDP Environment Cluster has supported the MDP programme through facilitating links with DMC and other resource persons.


Disaster Management Centre, Ministry of Disaster Management

A disaster risk management system was instituted in July 2005 following the enactment of the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Act No.13 of 2005 which provided the legal basis for such institution. The National Disaster Management Council, Disaster Management Centre and Department of Meteorology were placed within the purview of Ministry for Disaster Management and Human Rights (M/DM&HR) in February 2006. The Disaster Management Center operates under the National Council for Disaster Management (NCDM) as the apex body for the purpose of planning, co-coordinating and implementing of certain natural and other forms of disasters. It is responsible for enforcing coordinate and monitor activities related to hazard mapping and risk assessment, information management, disaster mitigation, early warning dissemination, preparedness for effective response at disaster situations, emergency operations management, and management of post-disaster activities. The DMC has supported the MDP in programme promotion and in hosting field training interns.


SLT Manpower Solutions

SLT Manpower Solutions is a service organization in the business of empowering jobseekers and companies, by finding the right people at the right time for the right jobs which allows its client organizations to focus on their core businesses. SLT Manpower Solutions were sponsors of the first MDP curriculum workshop held at Peradeniya in December 2009.


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