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Peer to Peer: Challenges and Reflections of Postwar Development in Sri Lanka

204 Maxwell Hall

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Speaker: Sutharsan Sambasivam, Humphrey Fellow

Sri Lanka is emerging from three decades of war that eroded the infrastructure, economic conditions and development opportunities. During this postwar reconstruction the country seeks to resume its dream for a better, peaceful future for Sri Lankans, especially in regions most affected by the civil war. This postwar development focuses on infrastructure, resettlement of internally displaced people, sustainable economic development, and fostering democratic ideals, among many other initiatives. Humphrey Fellow Sutharsan Sambasivam will provide context and perspective of this crucial phase of postwar development of his country.

Sutharsan Sambasivam is an officer in the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and was most recently the Assistant District Secretary of Jaffna in Sri Lanka. He has also served as the Deputy Project Director of the Strategic Cities Development Project, Emergency Northern Recovery Project, Re Awakening Project and the Assistant Commissioner of Labour in the Department of Labour. Sutharsan wishes to undertake a comparative study of democratic governance, reforms, decentralization, post conflict reconstruction and implementation of the inclusive approach for development through collaboration. He earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of Colombo, M.Sc in Organizational Management from the University of Peradeniya, and B.Sc in Agriculture from the University of Jaffna.

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