The governance of land and its social, political and economic relations is in many ways amongst the ‘original’ pre-occupations of law. Be it measures like land reform or legal principles like eminent domain, the law is central to the governance of land itself. The law is also integral both to processes of accumulation and dispossession and to struggles of those on the margins to assert claims and secure rights to natural resources, livelihoods, and ways of life.
The UNDEF-funded project will empower citizen forums at village level, with the objective of contributing to a culture of governance where citizens, state and non-state actors work together to achieve more inclusive and sustainable local development outcomes for citizens in Sri Lanka. The specific objective is to strengthen the participation of civil society in the development processes of local government policy and its implementation for promoting effective and participatory governance, transparency and accountability in Sri Lanka.