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‘Changing Lives’ is a set of seven documentaries reflecting the perseverance of communities in the North and the East of Sri Lanka.
The documentaries also highlight how the European Union funded Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) has empowered individuals and assisted in improving the living standards of people through the work of its implementing partners, the United Nations (UN) and the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) in formerly conflict-affected districts in the North and East. The seven mini-documentaries were filmed by Ranga Jagoda.
Jointly implemented by six agencies of the United Nations namely UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, FAO, ILO and IFC of the World Bank Group, EU-SDDP is a European Union funded development cooperation programme with a total financial envelope of EUR 60 million. Its objective is to contribute to poverty reduction and livelihood development in seven districts in the North and East to bridge the socio-economic gap with the rest of the country. The programme supports the conflict-affected districts of Batticaloa, Mannar, Vavuniya, Ampara, Monaragala, Anuradhapura and Puttalam impacting half a million people.