For 2008 CIRM will continue its advisory services, training and GIS activities. Further, in cooperation with CATAD from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany and supported by GTZ’s PIP, CIRM started working on a Community Development Source Book. This document will accommodate the experience and lessons learned form years of community development with a focus on participatory needs assessment as exemplified in earlier years by IFSP and further conceptualised and tested for broad application by CIRM and, the experience with the application of the livelihoods systems approach.
Looking back 2007
2007 was a fairly successful year for CIRM. Yet, CIRM had to struggle to maintain its professional staff, recruit new young professionals, train them and bring them into the work stream. Well trained, qualified and motivated staff is a major asset and the basic source for continuity.
CIRM completed a number of important assignments:
- Process monitoring for the North Eastern Coastal Community Project (NECCP). CIRM is entrusted with a full performance monitoring cycle for the years 2006 to 2009.
- Presentation to the ADB resident staff in Colombo in May 2007: What is stakeholder participation in conflict affected regions?
- Lecture at the National Symposium on Geo-Information in July 2007 in Colombo where presented the paper Geo-Spatial Information Serving Humanity. This presentation cum paper was awarded a cash price and the book Advanced Spatial Analysis – The CASA Book of GIS published by the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, FSRI Press 2003.
- Presentation of the advanced Vulnerability Profile, Profiling and Mapping Vulnerability in the Northern and Eastern Provinces for the food and vulnerability assessment for Sri Lanka organised by HARETI in collaboration with the FAO in December 2007.
- A large number of new and updated maps for the Northern and Eastern Districts were finalised.
- The report to the Urban Council of Trincomalee was finalised and presented: Consultancy Services provided to the Urban Council, Trincomalee for Planning and Conducting Public Engagement Sessions.
- Workshops were conducted
- Community development, December 2006
- Introduction to GIS and its potential for use in the health sector, October 2007
- Sensitising for participatory planning: Training of local government staff from Kinniya DS Division, November 2007
Progress Report 2007, PDF file (95 KB)
The Centre for Information Resources Management (CIRM) is the institutional successor of the Integrated Food Security Programme Trincomalee. CIRM addresses three focal areas: Knowledge management, dissemination of lessons learnt and good practices and information technology (CIRM Profile). Starting in January 2004 CIRM has developed planning and decision-support tools for the North and East, which includes administrative maps for all districts of the North East Province and Vulnerability-Poverty Profiles (VPP) for all districts of the province, a customised data base for the North East Housing Reconstruction Programme (NEHRP) and, training on Participatory Needs Assessment (PNA) for and with staff and partner NGOs of NECORD (Annual Report 2004). The year 2005 saw CIRM’s involvement in the post Tsunami rehabilitation with intensive engagement in producing VVPs and related maps for all districts in the North and East. Subsequently, capacity development in areas like human security, monitoring, community mobilisation including training of trainers and dissemination of good practices became core activities (Annual Report 2005). CIRM’s focus for 2006 are on further shaping its own capacity, developing topographic maps for all DS Divisions in NEP, a vulnerability atlas for NEP, knowledge management and also strengthening the institutional cooperation with stakeholders.