Post-war reconstruction in Sri Lanka can be used to connect communities divided by decades of war, an international expert on construction who is studying the island's experience said.
"Infrastructure can actually connect and at the same time divide people." said Dilanthi Amaratunga, an expert from the Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, UK.
"We need to use reconstruction to connect communities," said Amaratunga who is doing a study into the impact of infrastructure reconstruction programmes on social cohesion among conflict affected communities.
"We can use the reconstruction process to promote peace such as by giving the communities a say in the reconstruction process." she told LBO.