Project profile — Towards a Landmine-Free Sri Lanka: The HALO Trust


The HALO Trust (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011117)
2020-03-25 - 2023-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Sri Lanka (100.00%)


• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Removal of land mines and explosive remnants of war (15250) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to clear approximately 359,000 square meters of landmine-affected areas in northern Sri-Lanka, in order to allow resettlement and increased security of vulnerable and displaced populations. Project activities include: 1) clearing landmines from residential areas; 2) repairing infrastructure, such as a water reservoirs and irrigation systems; 3) gender-sensitive employment practices used by the project partner, HALO Trust, including promoting women to supervisory positions in an equitable manner. Approximately 13,900 people (of which 52% are women and girls) are expected to benefit from the project in the short-term, including over 3,750 long-term internally displaced people who are expected to have increased access to their home areas in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts in northern Sri Lanka.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of the project include: 1) increased access to resettlement by internally displaced, landmine-affected people in Sri Lanka; 2) increased access to public services by landmine-affected people in Sri Lanka; and 3) increased access to livelihoods opportunities for landmine-affected women and men in Sri Lanka, particularly for women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2022 include : (1) cleared about 111,912m2 of land within Kilinochchi, Jaffna, and Mullaitivu Districts of Northern Province of 1,043 landmines and other remnants of war. This activity will eventually allow displaced persons to return to their homes, access public services, and improve their livelihoods safely and dignifiedly.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
11-08-2023 Disbursement $100,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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