Planning for institutional capacity building in war-torn areas: the case of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

van Horen, Basil (2002) Planning for institutional capacity building in war-torn areas: the case of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Habitat International, 26 1: 113-128. doi:10.1016/S0197-3975(01)00038-8


Author van Horen, Basil
Title Planning for institutional capacity building in war-torn areas: the case of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Journal name Habitat International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0197-3975
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0197-3975(01)00038-8
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 113
End page 128
Total pages 16
Editor C.L. Choguill
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
310103 Urban and Regional Planning
759999 Other social development and community services
Abstract This paper examines an attempt to build capacity and empower local institutions in war-torn Jaffna,, on the northern tip of Sri Lanka. A participatory approach that is aimed at social empowerment is seen to be possible even under the most restrictive of political environments. However, whether or not the development intervention provides a foundation for longer-term improvement depends on the extent to which institutional capacity is built. Through an examination of the Jaffna Reconstruction Project, it is argued that if any of the ingredients of this institutional capacity are missing, not only will the 'islands of participation and empowerment' that are built by the development initiative be short-lived, but there may also be a negligible contribution to building a foundation for longer-term improvement in quality of life. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Environmental Studies
Planning & Development
Urban Studies
Planning
Institutional Capacity Building
War-torn Areas
Jaffna
Sri Lanka
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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