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Radhika Hettiarachchi


Radhika Hettiarachchi is a development practitioner and researcher working on socio-economic stability, conflict transformation and peace building. She has worked on tsunami recovery with the United Nations Development Programme and peace building through business— ‘peaconomics’ — with International Alert. She currently coordinates a collective of development practitioners working on innovative approaches to post-war development at Development Strategies Group. She is involved in the Arts in Sri Lanka as a means of creating space for civil society discourses. She was the curator of Colomboscope, which focused on tackling issues of history, representation and politics through various forms of art. She is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Colombo Art Biennale and is currently curating a public art project for British Council. Most recently, she exhibited the ‘Herstories’ project locally and in England, Canada and Afghanistan. Designed and conducted by her, the project is a collection of oral histories of war-affected women from Sri Lanka that is now a part of the National Archives of Sri Lanka as its first women’s oral history collection. Surrogate copies are also housed in the Library of Congress Washington and the Women’s Library in London. She read English and Communications at York University, Toronto and holds an MSc. in Development Management from London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K.