The Sarvodaya Movement: Moving Toward Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

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September 19, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room

The Sarvodaya Movement, widely recognized as a leader and model in translating a Gandhian and Buddhist approach to self-governance into practice, offers many lessons for contemporary development and peacebuilding. Sarvodaya communities in Sri Lanka (totaling 15,000 at its peak) are organized around fiercely defended principles of self-reliance and Deshodaya “national awakening.” As Sri Lanka has experienced bitter conflict and threats of extremism, Vinya Ariyaratne, Sarvodaya's leader, plays central roles in direct conflict resolution and reconciliation and, more broadly, governance. This seminar with Ariyaratne focused on lessons learned for development and conflict resolution scholars and practitioners.

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