About Us

NIDI, Northern Institute of Development Initiatives is a non-profit company, founded to assist in the economic, social and cultural development of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It has adopted a unique operational model whereby NIDI will enter into partnerships with small, medium and large enterprises to actively develop local resources, and generate both employment and income at grass roots level.  NIDI has eight highly qualified and distinguished members from different countries on its advisory and management board. It also has a team of eight sector specialists who will direct various projects and activities.

NIDI Launch

NIDI was officially launched on the 28th of June, 2017 at its first Advisory and Management Board meeting, held under the auspices of the Ministry of Special Assignments, Government of Sri Lanka. NIDI has been formally incorporated as a non-profit guarantee company in Sri Lanka as of 01 August 2017.

Rationale for the establishment of NIDI

NIDI is positioned as a centre of excellence, to anchor many development initiatives ranging across agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing, infrastructure development, housing, education, health, social development and peace building in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

NIDI is both a Research and Development (R&D) centre, supporting both government and private sector plans and strategies for development as well as an advocate for need-based projects funding and financing of small, medium and large enterprises, rural schools and private sector educational institutions.

NIDI is a not-for-profit institute, operated by highly qualified and committed professionals, will be non-partisan and will focus on a range of initiatives necessary for the revitalisation and re-development of the war-ravaged territories of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

Projects and Initiatives

NIDI is aspirational and has specific impact goals aimed at providing strategic assistance to development in the North of Sri Lanka, alleviating poverty and building human capital, with specific focus on women and the marginalised society.

The six key pillars of NIDI are:

  1. Sustainable Economic Development through Research and Strategic Planning Assistance.
  2. Human Capital Development through formal education and training across all development sectors.
  3. Empowerment of women and marginalized societies.
  4. Creation of private sector-driven Intensive Agriculture and Fisheries Ventures and Practices.
  5. Environment Protection.
  6. Peace Building

NIDI projects will be strategic, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound, with a set of allocated resources of funds and human capital. All NIDI projects will be in support of specific ventures undertaken by the private sector as well as development programs undertaken by NGOs and the Government of Sri Lanka. NIDI will remain a key knowledge and skills base as well as a clear advocate of sustainable development, environment protection and economic development of the Northern region.