The Urban Settlement Development Authority (USDA), which was established as an Act of Parliament Act No. 36 of 2008, is an institution established to provide a better standard of living to the poor in urban low-income settlements.
Physical development programs targeting low-income settlements, as well as human development programs, are being activated for the real needs of the low income community. The unique feature of this program is that it is able to identify the real needs of the Panja Raja and provide the appropriate solutions, as the presentation of proposals and ideas, the preparation of plans and the implementation of the plans are done with the participation of low income community. Vision of Prosperity for the Country ”The Government Policy Manifesto” has been lined up under four major programs in the implementation of the “Swasakthi Human Development Program”.
Empowerment of communities living in underserved urban settlements for the economic, social and cultural advancement of such communities and development of knowledge, attitude and skills of children in such settlements is a function entrusted to the Authority under the Urban Settlement Development Authority Act No. 36 of 2008 and for the attainment of this objective, “Swashakthi” human development programme has been launched at the urban settlement level by the Authority.