Mapping People’s Colombo: Understanding the Potential for Sustainable Urban Development

Mapping People’s Colombo: Understanding the Potential for Sustainable Urban Development

  • Overview

    Project objectives

    The larger project aims,

    1. To achieve a multilayered understanding of self-built neighborhoods as places that made the city livable for the community and as a part of larger City (Colombo).
    2. To develop (and document) a methodology to understand the informal space dynamics in Colombo
    3. To develop a transferable version of knowledge on the methodology developed which is legible to a range of users including creators of the place (community), urban planning practitioners/ students/academics, policy makers, NGOs and civil society.

    We intend to start this research with a six-month long pilot study that investigates one neighborhood in its full complexity; the pilot study aims to experiment with the methodology and the form of outcome. This pilot study of the ‘Wekanda’ neighborhood will help us understand the value/potential of such research to enhance the knowledge and policy frameworks on sustainable urban and human development.

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 3. Good health and well-being; 5. Gender equality; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 13. Climate action; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Partnership types of interest

    Project funding

    Regions / countries / territories

    Asia: 40 countries

    • Afghanistan
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bangladesh
    • Bhutan
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Macau (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Taiwan Province
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    • Cyprus
    • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    • French Southern and Antarctic Lands
    • Georgia
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mongolia
    • Myanmar
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Republic of Korea
    • Singapore
    • Sri Lanka
    • Tajikistan
    • Thailand
    • Timor Leste
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam

    Detailed location

    Pilot Study: Wekanda area of Slave Island (Kompannaweediya), Colombo

    Issue areas

    Climate Change; Education; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Poverty; Principle 8; Social Enterprise; Water and Sanitation; Women's Empowerment


    Existing partners

    Main contact: Nirmani Liyanage
    CEPA (Research partner), CapAsia field research and learning programme (represented by Prof. Nihal Perera, Ball State University, USA)

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Academic; City; Company; Foundation; NGO Global; NGO Local; Public Sector Organization; Social Enterprise; UN Entity