This database is part of a project entitled State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018 with the objective of improving information and its analysis in promoting informed and evidence-based policy and integrated city planning, as well as private and public sector investment.

With an overall objective of enabling municipal areas in Sri Lanka to become urban centres with increased economic growth, good governance and resilience; with reduced urban and peri-urban poverty; and be habitable spaces to live in, the capital cities of the nine provinces in Sri Lanka were chosen. In Colombo, in addition to the commercial capital of Colombo MC, the administrative capital of Jayewardenapura Kotte MC and the adjoining administrative MC of Dehiwela-Mouth Lavinia were also analysed to derive a better picture of the city of Colombo as a whole.

 To produce the report, the project collated information, developed composite maps and databases, and analysed this information to produce The State of Sri Lankan Cities Report which provides a snapshot of the state of urbanization of major human settlements across the island. It includes quantitative and qualitative city-based data and conducted specific analyses of key national, provincial and municipal urban development issues in the nine provincial capitals in Sri Lanka.

SOSLC project logo represent the cities and urbanisation patterns in sri lanka, considering the people, and urban ecosystems in to account. the transportation linkages within the citieas as well as the linkages whic conect cities to each other is represented with the pattered line which run from Point pedro to Dondra.
each color code represent the respective SDG colors, as the golden Yelow coler in the buildings represent SDG11 which is for Sustainable cities and communities. People in red orange are representing SDG5 which is for Gender equity. Lime green and blue colores represent life on land and life bellow water (SDG 15 and SDG 14).

The Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability and performance framework Making Performance Count: enhancing the accountability and effectiveness of Australian aid outline key aspects of our aid program.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, otherwise known as UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency responsible for human settlements. UN-Habitat is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities, with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. 


The Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance (SLILG) was established under Parliamentary Act No. 31 of 1999 with the objective to enhance the institutional and management capabilities of Provincial Councils and Local Government agencies for the efficient and effective provisions of services to the people. 

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