Challenges in Implementing Best Practices in Involuntary Resettlement: A Case Study in Sri Lanka

Publication | December 2016

A case study from an infrastructure project in Sri Lanka shows how best practices in involuntary resettlement were successfully merged with local legal systems.

  • US$36.00 (paperback)

Infrastructure projects sometimes physically displace households and disrupt income sources and livelihoods. ADB offers several good governance practices to its borrowers to minimize such adverse impacts, especially since the absorption of such best practices by countries is usually slow and erratic. This book presents an in-depth case study from a complex and sensitive infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, where international best practices in involuntary resettlement were successfully merged with local legal systems. The book demonstrates that the application of best practices to infrastructure projects needs continuous consultations with affected people and a firm commitment of resources.


  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Key Milestones in Project Planning and Implementation
  • Socio-Legal Background of the Project
  • Best Practices in Resettlement Planning and Implementation
  • Institutional Framework for Resettlement Planning and Implementation
  • Compensation at Replacement Cost and Rehabilitation
  • Relocation Planning and Assistance
  • Public Consultations and Information Dissemination
  • Restoration and Improvement of Sources of Income and Livelihoods
  • Conclusions
  • Annex: A Chronology of Key Project Milestones
  • References
  • Index

Additional Details

  • Social development and protection
  • Social protection
  • Sri Lanka
  • TIM168337
  • 978-92-9257-633-2 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-634-9 (e-ISBN)

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