Inside-Out Development: Sankadayagama People Employs a Maranadhara Samithi
PhD student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta, CA
Pradeep Sangapala is a PhD student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received his Masters (2014) in urban and regional planning from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His research interest includes urban planning, planning history, post colonialism, development studies, right to the city, and human rights. Sagapala‘s Masters thesis is on Empowering Communities or Creating Dependencies: People's experience of a development project in Sri Lanka? (2014) His current research, entitled ‗Nationalism, Planning, and Postcolonial Politics‘, investigates the impact of colonial and nationalist thought on postcolonial spatial thinking in Sri Lanka.
Immediately after my bachelor‟s, in 2009, I joined a survey team that worked for the international NGO, World Vision. The survey team had two main tasks: first, to conduct awareness sessions about „good governance principles‟ for communities in two Divisional Secretariat Divisionsi in rural Sri Lanka: Mahakumbukkadawala and Nawagattegama. World Vision worked with select villages within these Secretariat divisions. Unless there is a need to single out villages within these, I will use the Division‟s name to identify all the villages that World Vision works with in that area as a whole. The second task was to measure the level of satisfaction among the villagers in regard to the services provided by the NGO. In Mahakumbukkadawala, World Vision had provided a water supply network, sanitary facilities for households, houses, educational supplies for childrenii, and training programs such as leadership for community members for fifteen years starting in 1997. In contrast, at Nawagattegama, the project had just begun a year previously, but World Vision had provided some sanitary facilities for a few households and educational supplies for children.
How to Cite:
Sangapala, P., (2016). Inside-Out Development: Sankadayagama People Employs a Maranadhara Samithi. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal. 5(1), pp.73–83. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/bhumi.v5i1.25