UNHCR/CHA  Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) are aimed directly at assisting communities that have been affected by the ethnic conflict and recent volatile situation. It promotes stability and eases ethnic tensions and facilitates return thereby assisting the rebuilding of communities and a peaceful future. QiPs strive to have a positive impact on community economy as well as address the needs and priorities identified by the communities and include aspects of community involvement (physical or material). A community-based approach with demonstrated involvement from both men and women in the planning and implementation stages is a preference. QiPs also serve as a vital part in bridging the gap between humanitarian assistance and long-term developmental projects.

The overall objectives of this programme are to:

Assist conflict affected IDP communities;
Support the host communities where conflict IDPs were / are located as well as neighbouring communities;
Support the overall objectives of the peace process in Sri Lanka.

Proposals target the following areas:

Income generation, education support, psycho-social counselling, legal assistance / protection as well as healthcare and awareness raising on HIV/AIDS and STDs;

Infrastructure projects such as repairs to public buildings, repairs of access roads as well as installation of small water systems / wells, reservoirs, sewage disposal systems and garbage management support, etc;

Projects in other sectors such as art and culture may be funded at the discretion of the approval board.

The projects are reviewed and approved by an Approval Board comprising of representatives from various donors or operational partners as well as the umbrella NGO and UNHCR.

The proposals are reviewed according to the following selection/approval criteria:
Cost up to  a maximum of $2,500 and do not require continuous funding;

Have a completion date of no later than 31 December 2009;

Are located in communities currently receiving conflict affected IDP returnees (priority) or are located in communities that have a significant return/affected population;

Include significant participation and support from men and women of the community, local authorities and relevant other national governmental organisations;

Have specific impact on infrastructure, rehabilitation (i.e. environment), water and sanitation, education, health, community services, legal assistance / protection etc.;

Are a community initiative or are a result of thorough consultation of both men and women within the target community and has community support;

Support assistance to a balance of different ethnic groups and contribute towards a reduction in cross community tensions;

Give special consideration for vulnerable groups and their needs as well as avoid duplication of beneficiaries and activities;

Utilize appropriate technology.

Undertaking all measures to ensure fairness and transparency CHA advises the proposing parties of the outcomes of each selection meeting. Official letters of rejection are sent to all applicants, whose proposals were not accepted, explaining why the proposal was not approved. UNHCR/CHA focuses on the Northern Province and persons of concern.