What we do


Empower plantation women and the community to enjoy the rights as a nation:  

The Project works on forming and strengthening the Rural Development Societies and Disaster Management Committee in the 30 estate locations to obtain the services of Divisional Secretariat, Pradeshiya Sabha and other government institutions while lobbying with the policymakers and political representatives to bring an amendment to relevant legislations. Further, the project lobbies the policymakers on Housing and Land Rights, Environmental Rights, Women and Labor rights. 



Plantation Communities strengthened and galvanized: 

This project aims to strengthen the plantation community to advocate for their rights to achieve this target the project carryout the following activities,

Outcome 1:  Publicize recent amendments to the Local Government Act (LGA) and communities galvanized to ensure its implementation

Outcome 2:  Raising awareness on the concept of living wage among key estate union leaders and CBO leaders

Outcome 3:   Building consensus on democratic reform priorities for upcountry



Since 2015, ISD was involved in promoting Transitional Justice and Reconciliation (TJ&R). During the year 2015, ISD was supported by USAID/ SPICE to carry out the project "create a knowledge based and empower members of the upcountry Tamil community to engage in Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice process and promote institutional strengthening to ensure the equal rights".

From 2016 onwards, ISD collaboratively engaged in promoting Transitional Justice and Reconciliation (TJ&R) with Global Initiatives for Justice Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) with support of International Collations of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) forming a network consist of civil societies named Truth and Reconciliation Forum (TRF)


Reaching the Unreached Estates and Surrounding Communities on Equitable Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) for improved health and nutrition

ISD has started a new initiative in Estate and surrounding villages to improve WASH facilities by enhancing health and nutritional status of marginalized and underserved communities living in 50 estates, 100 rural villages and 50 schools. Key aim of the project is to increase access to high quality safe drinking water, sanitation and hygienic practices in Uva and central provinces. This is a European Union funded project and commenced on 2017, and have been implementing in collaboration with Solidaridad Network Sri Lanka and Nucleus Foundation. 


About ISD

The Institute of Social Development (ISD) is a Non-Governmental Organization founded in 1991 to empower the marginalized and discriminated Plantation Communities in Sri Lanka.
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Get in Touch

Institute of Social Development
246/4 Ranawana Road
Katugastota 20800, Sri Lanka

Email: kandyisd@sltnet.lk
Phone: +94 (0)81 2071288
Fax: +94 (0)81 2071288