Focus Cities : Improving the Living Environment in Underserved Settlements in Gothamipura District, Colombo (Sri Lanka)

IDRC's Focus Cities research program brings together researchers, municipal authorities, civil society organizations, the private sector and the poor to engage in urban environmental research with the goal of alleviating urban poverty. This project was selected as one of the four highest ranked in the 2005 Focus Cities Research Initiative (FCRI) competition. Building on Colombo Municipal Council's poverty reduction strategy framework, initiated in 2002, the Colombo city team seeks to address the problem of environmental degradation through action research on improved urban service delivery in Gothamipura district. Of particular interest to the city team is the link between land tenure, and water and sanitation services. Through consultation with the community, the team will design an integrated model of service delivery that can be applied throughout Colombo. Since the proponents of the project are those that develop policy (the municipal government), the chance that the results will be used is quite high.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Saturday, July 1, 2006

End Date

Monday, January 31, 2011


42 months

IDRC Officer

Redwood, Mark

Total funding

CA$ 1,144,326


Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Climate Change

Project Leader

Gamini Chandrasena


Colombo Municipal Council

Institution Country

Sri Lanka

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