Mind, Heart, and Soul in the Fight against Poverty

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CHAPTER 18
Sri Lanka: Delivering
Aid and Building
Partnerships amid
Armed Conflict

The engagement of communities is critical to building peace in Sri Lanka, and it necessarily involves Sri Lanka’s faith leaders and communities. This chapter explores two specific ventures in conflict areas where community development work and local consultation processes, supported by the World Bank among other development partners, have engaged faith communities. The project-specific description is set in die context of Sri Lanka’s complex and turbulent history of conflict. The engagement of the faith communities is credited with helping to build much needed bridges and to bring a measure of hope in dark times, and the experience has highlighted concrete, often community-specific, issues linking faith and development agendas that need to be addressed.


THE CONFLICT

Sri Lanka’s 20-year civil war, which has ravaged the small South Asian island and claimed some 65,000 lives, has long and deep roots dating

This chapter draws heavily on information provided by Mariana Todorova, former
country director for the World Bank, and on internal World Bank reports on the
projects described.

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