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Development of Estate Worker Housing Cooperative Federations

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Coops of Cheddipalayam, Thalawai and Thimilativu, Palm foundation

Period of Implementation

January 2018 - December 2022

Geographic scope

Asia-Pacific: Sri Lanka


$ 264,814
€ 235 061



Type of Activity

Budget support (Grants or Direct Financing), Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Networking, Technical Assistance & Advisory


PALM foundation, in a previous cycle of the country programme, has worked to strengthen the 7 Estate Worker Housing Cooperatives and 4 villages in Nuwara Eliya district. In this programme cycle, the project will create a national level cooperative and district cooperative federations covering the seven plantation regions that represent 418 cooperatives in the entire country (Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Hatton, Rathnapura, Galle & Kegalle) with a systematic 5-year long-term plan consisting of three main intervention areas: capacity development process (organisational development), cooperative business development and gender equality promotion. The proposed network system will widen the service level of cooperatives in community banking, social enterprises and marketing. The regional cooperative federations will directly assist to build up the capacity of primary cooperatives (EWHCS) to further strengthen their capacity in resolving and advocating to the most of social, economic and environmental rights denial in a collective manner. The project is expected to have a national level cooperative union and 7 district cooperative Federations established with the required technical and financial capacity, advocating to the member cooperatives enabling to extend the services in strengthening organisational, community banking and cooperative enterprise development capacities. The long-term impact of the project will be to have an active, well-functioning national and district cooperative federations constituted by the estate worker housing cooperatives of seven plantation regions in Sri Lanka.

Project Objectives

The project will be implemented by the PALM foundation focusing on cooperative development of the plantation sector. The project will be implemented by the Participatory Action and Learning Methodologies Foundation (PALM foundation), focusing on cooperative development of the plantation sector in Nuwara Eliya District, Central Sri Lanka targeting 6,000 (4,000 women and 2,000 men) women and men members from Estate Worker Housing Cooperative Societies.

Impact on SDGs

SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 418

Individuals: 6000

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