Objectives of Viluthu
- Generation and strengthening of Civil Society Strengthening of Local Government institutions which are empowered legally and functionally to facilitate participatory development of the grass roots community in social, economic and cultural spheres
- Promotion of Gender Equality
- Transformation of the education system so that it spawns a new generation of citizens who create a just and inclusive society
- Strengthening the media so that it upholds principles of human rights, justice and equality
- Promotion of a Transparent and Accountable Private Sector
Relevance of Strategy
The strategies for implementation of Viluthu’s programme are relevant to the following:-
- there is a lack of civil society activism in Sri Lanka and especially in the war torn districts of North and East provinces
- there is a divided and prejudiced media in Sri Lanka which exacerbates the conflict
- there is a lack of awareness and appreciation of a conflict transformation and inclusive approach to solving political issues, at the level of the public as well as decision makers
- there is a lack of awareness of the functions , role and the working culture of democratic institutions
- Women and children have the least say in the processes concerning peace negotiations although most affected by the civil war.
- the corporate sector is steered more by tax breaks and government grants than by the free market
- Mobilizing of informed communities/citizens as a countervailing power to the State and the Market.
- Promoting of participation of stakeholders in the planning and decision making within the government programs, through support for the creation of appropriate mechanisms, and the upholding of the right to information.
- Strengthening the political agency of communities / citizens by empowering local governments through widening their sphere of implementation and their fiscal authority.
- Transforming media institutions to reflect the values enumerated above; that they assume responsibility to provide critical information and be open to being a fair forum for the multiple and differing voices of citizens. This is achieved through building their capacities, as well as setting new trends with alternative models.
- Strengthening capacities of teachers and educationists in delivering an education which produces generations of young adults who are able to transform institutions as those infused with new values and culture, making participatory democratic system a reality.