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You are here : eLibrary : IAHR World Congress Proceedings : 36th Congress - The Hague (2015) ALL CONTENT : Special sessions : Beneficiary participation in formulating social safeguard management programmes
Beneficiary participation in formulating social safeguard management programmes
Author : D. A. R. Dolage(1), D.C.S. Elakanda(2) & P.D. Leelaratne(3)
The social safeguard management programme (SSMP) has become a key component of irrigation related
rehabilitation projects. This paper reviews a renewed approach to SSMP that has been adopted in the
rehabilitation of four reservoirs under the DSWRPP, where water releases had to be suspended temporarily to
enable the rehabilitation. The SSMP is designed in such a way that livelihood support assistance is to be
provided to 8,344 affected families in the downstream communities. The conduct of Social Impact Assessment
and the development of Livelihood Support Assistance (LSA) plans are illustrated. The LSA has four plans
namely Wage Assistance Plan, Alternative Crops Plan and Domestic Water Use Plan and Gender Action Plan.
The affected people have contributed to the economy by working in rehabilitation work and saving foreign
exchange by cultivating alternative crops. The paper presents ample evidence of the contentment and
happiness of the farmers at the end of the programme, being responsible for development and implementation
of the LSA plans. The main argument offered in this article is that the programmes to assess and mitigate
socioeconomic impacts should primarily take into account the perspectives of the people without exclusively
relying on specialists or technocrats.
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Date Published : 18/08/2015
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