Major Activities during the period of 2009 – 2011

Research

Base-Line Study for the Negombo Area Development Programme sponsored by the World Vision Lanka (August 2009 to October 2009)

The Colombo University Community Extension Centre (CUCEC) conducted this study to find out the Socio-economic and Demographic levels and behaviors of the people who are live in the Negombo area and the progress and the effectiveness of the programmed activities which was sponsored by the World Vision Lanka.

Major findings are, the land and house they lived were mostly owned by them or their parents, programmed activities have brought the communities education to a satisfactory level, most of them have ever used some type of family planning method, their knowledge about STDs show some lack of awareness which needs to be improved, the parents have paid attention to their children’s health by obtaining the required vaccinations, the nutritional statue both of children and  women demonstrate some deficiencies.

Survey on Nature and Extent of Trafficking of Women and Children in Sri Lanka(June 2009- December 2009)

The Colombo University Community Extension Centre (CUCEC) carried out this study sponsored by the Ministry of Child Development & Women’s Empowermentin Colombo, Anuradhapura and Kurunegala Districts to find out the nature and extent of trafficking of women and children for various reasons in Sri Lanka.

Findings of the research are , the majority of the internationally trafficked respondents had been deceived by their agents, there is a large number of cases where the trafficking takes place as a joint plan of migrants and the traffickers, lower wages and lower rank jobs were obtained than what was promised and overloaded work were the main problems faced by the people whom are migrate to Europe, Sexual and other types of harassments were reported by the migrants trafficked to South East Asia and Middle East, extreme poverty and low or no education was identified as the key characteristics of the internally trafficked women, Child victims of human trafficking are belonged to a very specific social segments as, they are utterly poor, less or uneducated, and homeless. All the trafficked child victims are associated with sexual abuse and other harassments of children.  

Study on the Nature of the Illicit Alcohol Trade in the Western and the North Western Provinces of Sri Lanka(April 2009- October 2009)

The ColomboUniversity community Extension Centre had carried out a study on the Nature of the illicit alcohol trade in the Western and North-western provinces in Sri Lanka, sponsored by the Department of Excise. Major findings of the study are, Production of illicit is done at least at three levels: large scale, medium scale and small scale, Production, distribution and marketing of illicit liquor are a well organized trade conducted by well organized groups. Every GN division has a local illicit liquor industry at least at household levels, Individuals who have good communicational, social and personal skills and high branded vehicles are used to transport illicit liquor in large scale.  Labor used in this business comes from the very lowest strata of social classes and often connected with previous crimes and/or addicted to alcohol. Women from extremely poor families, including widows, separated, and/or with children engage in this trade for the survival. There are incidences where laborers offer to become imprisoned on behalf of others (who are directly connected to the business) for financial and other benefits and thereby catering the uninterrupted operation of the illicit liquor business.      

Dry Zone Livelihood Support & Partnership Programme (DZLiSPP) 2010/2011

The Colombo University community Extension Centre carried out a study on the Dry Zone Livelihood Support & Partnership Programme 2010/2011, sponsored by IFAD and the World Bank,

The objectives of the study are to carry out an economic and financial analysis on the investment made under each component by assessing the effectiveness of the inputs used and strategies adopted, to find out Cost of effectiveness, returns on investment etc.