Sri Lanka stands out for its progress on human development but also, less positively, for bitter conflicts where religious dimensions were prominent. How have COVID-19 challenges affected daily life and livelihoods in Sri Lanka? What have been distinctive effects on women, including female-headed households and returning migrant workers and children? How has the emergency affected peacebuilding in Sri Lanka?
This event summary highlights contributions to a Berkley Center webinar on “The COVID-19 Emergency in Sri Lanka,” held on August 24, 2020. The webinar brought together two development experts to reflect on Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19 and how the pandemic affects broader development and peacebuilding perspectives.