Jaffna goes clean | மாசற்றதாக மாறும் யாழ்ப்பாண மாநகரம்
"JCCC - Jaffna Clean City Community” is a digital community hosted under SUVADI, an Innovation-driven social enterprise incorporated as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in Sri Lanka. This initiative is supported by the non-profit organisation Comdu.it Canada with the financial assistance provided by the Government of Canada through The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. As the host, Suvadi has brought the stakeholders of the peninsula together through networking to join hands in the transformation.
It reinforces the belief that true transformation happens only when it is sustainable and holistic. With the above perspective, this concept was first presented in Climathon Jaffna 2019 in front of many stakeholders who joined hands to build a sustainable, resilient Jaffna by 2030. Building on the network made so far at the grassroots, Municipal Council and the Provincial Government are in the process of realizing the vision of JCCC - Jaffna Clean City Community.
JCCI enables the creation of policies, structures, and processes through emancipatory means to enable the communities, elected representatives and other institutions within the municipal limits of Jaffna City to choose and adopt environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in dealing with material waste management spanning from waste generation, disposal, re-collection, relocation and transforming into usable and non-usable forms.
Poor waste management in the Jaffna Municipal Council Area negatively affects the health and businesses of all its occupants by increasing their exposure to communicable diseases and pollution in the environment. The present appearance of the Jaffna urban centre, which includes the central bus stand and surroundings, reveals the poor governance around urban waste management in the region. This can be seen in 1) negligent waste collection practices, 2) lack of community awareness on proper waste disposal, and 3) low engagement of community members in public forums for developing a livable and clean city centre. In addition, the current governance structure does not provide a democratic or inclusive platform for the city’s diversified voices, especially women and girls. Women and girls play a significant role in waste management as they are primarily responsible for household waste disposal and can influence behavioural changes within their families and community. '
Various youth organizations (ex: Plastic Zero Forum, Siragugal, Green Shadows, Yaalpana Sangam) and women-led organizations (ex: WeCan Mannar) were consulted through focus groups, surveys, and email communications on topics of engagement, inclusion, and barriers to participation in waste management initiatives. These conversations revealed that youth who were un/underemployed showed enthusiasm around participating in waste management projects within their communities. Girls and boys currently studying in school were also interested in participating as members of the Clean City Community to lead school-level awareness workshops and initiatives. Discussions with municipal waste management workers revealed the struggles and risks they faced in managing waste in the city. A random survey of city dwellers was also conducted to understand the current waste management situation, possible factors of poor management, and the responsible bodies.
The Aim & Goals
Main activities undertaken by JCCC
The first step is to understand what is there. Without understanding the complex issues, we won't be able to progress further.
Secondary data collection
Surveys and interviews
Focussed Group Discussions
The following activities are planned to promote collective meaning-making. These activities have been undertaken along with supporting organisations.
Seminars, Workshops & Meetings
Awareness Creation Activities
Competitions to promote learning
The following options are planned for the creation of policies, structures, and processes through emancipatory means.
Novel artefacts, habits behaviours.