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The paper analyses how two private post-tsunami reconstruction initiatives in Sri Lanka mobilized well intended aid to support and assist tsunami affected families, drawing on narratives of compassion, which resulted in an inadvertent obtrusion of the moral imperatives of donors upon the lives of aid receivers. We trace the discursive terrain around goodness, kindness and compassion utilized to generate donations. This quickly slipped into the practical construction of village models that reflected individuals’ ideas and understandings of development, modernism, social consciousness and peaceful coexistence. This merging, we argue, quickly subverted intention for the ‘betterment of villagers lives’, and became a means through which donors made claims on villages and impressed their will upon recipients. Given that private donor involvement in post-tsunami Sri Lanka was a critical factor shaping conditions on the ground, we contend that it is important to unpack their (powerful) role in giving meaning to building back better.
- Post-tsunami; Sri Lanka; Scripting of development; Village revitalization
- Sri Lanka
- Scripting of development
- Village revitalization
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The Age of Philanthropy? Post-Tsunami Aid Flows & the Micro-Politics of Development in Sri Lanka [Funded by: British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) with the British Academy: £4,000]
1/10/07 → 31/10/08
Project: Project from a former institution