Nayana Godamunne
Senior Researcher
Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) Colombo
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Place citizens at core of development

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Recognise that cities are for citizens
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Post war context – drive to catch up for lost time
Urban vision - ‘leap forward’ to achieve ‘World
Class City’ s...
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Symposium - ‘Reimagining Development’ Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2012

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Focus Group Discussion - Citizens negativel...
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Land

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Basic services

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Citizens participation

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Accountability
Land acquisition, Involuntary
Displacement, Commons
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Land conceived as a financial asset, loss of
social value
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Water, sanitation, schooling
 Living conditions of the poorest segments not
improved
 Access to schools hampered by invo...
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Few opportunities to voice opinions
Lack of opportunity to challenge and dissent
Lack of information about dec...
Need to take our City back
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Embrace diversity
◦ Don’t polarize communities and create’ them’
and ‘us’ culture
◦ Let ther...
Strengthen relationships between citizens and
local authorities
◦ Improve flow of information
◦ Create trust

Make governm...
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Nayana Godamunne - Re-imagining Urban Development

  1. 1. Nayana Godamunne Senior Researcher Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) Colombo
  2. 2.  Place citizens at core of development  Recognise that cities are for citizens
  3. 3.     Post war context – drive to catch up for lost time Urban vision - ‘leap forward’ to achieve ‘World Class City’ status Focus - improving connectivity and infrastructure Colombo Metro Region - the centre of current urban development model
  4. 4.  Symposium - ‘Reimagining Development’ Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2012  Focus Group Discussion - Citizens negatively impacted by urban development projects
  5. 5.  Land  Basic services  Citizens participation  Accountability
  6. 6. Land acquisition, Involuntary Displacement, Commons      Land conceived as a financial asset, loss of social value City development defined by aesthetic appeal Public spaces re defined to encourage specific life styles Tension between state and citizenry Tension between right to the city and right to a lifestyle
  7. 7. Water, sanitation, schooling  Living conditions of the poorest segments not improved  Access to schools hampered by involuntary displacement   ‘Development’ model not inclusive ‘Development’ for whom?
  8. 8.      Few opportunities to voice opinions Lack of opportunity to challenge and dissent Lack of information about decisions made How do we make governments accountable? How do we ensure rights are protected?
  9. 9. Need to take our City back  Embrace diversity ◦ Don’t polarize communities and create’ them’ and ‘us’ culture ◦ Let there be no losers ◦ Public spaces for greater interactions
  10. 10. Strengthen relationships between citizens and local authorities ◦ Improve flow of information ◦ Create trust Make governments accountable ◦ Vibrant civil society : peoples’ organizations to demand rights ◦ Voter Education

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