On 31st August 2018, the second edition of the Colombo Development Dialogues (CDD) was held under the theme of ‘Water Security and Climate Variability’, organised by the UNDP, in collaboration with the London School of Economics South Asia Centre, in partnership with Dilmah Tea.
The masterclass, conducted by Dr. Timotheus Gaasbeek and Dr. Nilanjan Sarkar, was held at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. This exchange of expert knowledge was organised for the benefit of post-graduate and research students, as well as interested members of the private sector.
The masterclass comprised of a lecture on ‘Climate Variability and Water Security’, along with group discussions and an extensive Q&A session that aimed to educate and pique the intellectual curiosity of the students and companies that attended.
The groups consisted of students and representatives from companies who discussed the issues surrounding climate change and the impact it has on Sri Lanka.
Speaking about the Masterclass, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Prof. Nayani Melegoda stated, “The Masterclass and the Dialogues provide an exclusive opportunity for our students to gain theoretical insights and exposure into the global literature on development from the visiting academics”.
The neatly crafted thematic areas of the Masterclass will help contribute to Sri Lanka’s development discourse as we progress towards achieving sustainable human development in the 2030 Agenda.