What makes a city competitive? What makes a city livable? Sri Lanka’s cities are experiencing rapid development but are facing growing pains. These increasingly vibrant and dynamic centers including the country’s secondary cities of Kandy, Galle and Jaffna are increasingly plagued by congestion and lack of equal access to quality services and facilities by residents. To make the cities more livable and competitive, the Strategic Cities Development Project (SCDP) is improving livability for over 650,00 residents in Kandy, Galle, and Jaffna through investing in urban services, such water treatment, transportation, and improved public services.