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Our work in Sri Lanka on conflict prevention ha splayed major part in the short listed Outstanding International Strategy category of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2013, University of Salford submission.

Sri Lanka’s ethnic war ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, by which time 30% of its territory and 15% of its population had been devastated. After years of war creating displacement and mistrust, communities needed to be rebuilt physically, socially and economically. The conflict had also restricted the capacity of Universities in the North and East of the country to undertake essential research for reconstruction and social cohesion. The construction industry - central to rebuilding that infrastructure - needed to ensure that the needs of Sri Lanka’s culturally-diverse communities, whose members speak a range of different languages, were understood. In response to these challenges, the Conflict Prevention through Infrastructure Reconstruction project (www.reconstructionforpeace.org) brought together a creative international collaboration that was inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural and inter-sectoral. The University of Salford’s Centre for Disaster Resilience, which has a 25-year relationship with the country, including extensive work following the 2004 tsunami, was partnered by the University of Colombo; Eastern University; the University of Jaffna and the Chamber of Construction Industry in Sri Lanka.