The idea that ‘world-class’ urban infrastructure drives economic growth and in turn human development and poverty alleviation has come to be considered axiomatic. It is in this context that the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) is convening its 14th Annual Symposium on the challenges of realising equitable and inclusive urban infrastructure development in Sri Lanka.

The Symposium will focus on the following three key areas of infrastructure and urban development, considering them from the point of view of two cross cutting concerns, namely, ensuring equity and accountability in urban infrastructure development and democratising urban governance and planning:

  • Ensuring the right to housing of the urban poor and protection from forced evictions:
  • Inclusive, safe and sustainable urban transport and mobility
  • Urban commons, land, and democratic and inclusive public spaces

The Symposium will bring together scholars and researchers; policy makers and elected representatives; professional communities like architects, town-planners, and engineers; civil society and citizens groups; donors agencies; and the private sector from across Sri Lanka, South Asia and beyond.

For more information about the symposium, call for papers and the concept note, please visit the symposium website If you would like to participate please contact either Mansi or Vijay via

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