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    The infrastructure thematic seeks to enable a critical re-imagining of infrastructure in policy and research.
    The overwhelming emphasis on developing physical infrastructure in post-war Sri Lanka
    and the rapidly transforming landscape of urban infrastructure in particular provide the cont
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    Environment and Poverty
    The relationship between poverty and environmental degradation is interwoven - with each factor influencing the other.
    People in poverty are forced to live in environmentally degraded areas due to affordability and availability of land.
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    Post War Development
    Sri Lanka is emerging from a twenty six year old civil war and is in what we currently define as a ‘post-war’ period.
    The direct violence of war has ended, but many of the underlying issues,
    which led to and perpetuated the conflict, are yet to be addressed.
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    The migration thematic is oriented towards the vision of creating a conducive and safe environment for migrants
    where the decision making takes place in an informed manner so that the benefits of migration are maximized.

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA)

CEPA is an independent, Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty. CEPA strives to contribute to influencing poverty-related development policy, at national, regional, sectoral, programme and project levels.

The Centre for Poverty Analysis was established in May of 2001 by nine Sri Lankan professionals working on poverty related issues. CEPA was founded with the intention of institutionalising poverty impact monitoring and poverty analysis within the Sri Lankan institutional landscape and incorporated (on 24th April, 2001) under Section 21 of the Companies Act as a non-profit company.


Poverty in Sri Lanka

Poverty head count ratio - Sectors

Poverty head count ratio - Sri lanka

CEPA supports the media to strengthen its reporting on development, poverty and social justice

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) recently organised a panel discussion on strengthening the media’s role in reporting on development, poverty and social justice. The event held on 30th...

Legacies of Service Provision

This blog is a reflection on the intersection of identity and state institutions in the post war North of Sri Lanka. The research that informs this blog is concerned...

Measuring the SDGs – A dialogue on unpacking the data revolution at country level

Karin Fernando and Krishan Siriwardhana of the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka share their views in this blog on the data revolution and its impact on the...

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Media Articles
SL’s poor not just poor but destitute and barely managing to survive

On February 2, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake signed a gazette bringing the Welfare Benefits Act (WBA) into effect from February 15. The Act, passed in 2002 by a previous...

Sri Lanka’s poverty line: More than just a number

A recent media report indicated that the national poverty line is to be increased from Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 5,000 per person per month, signalling a much welcome willingness...

Who are the poor? More than one way of understanding poverty

Who are the poor? Do current poverty measurements really capture the poor? The questions are pertinent in the light of current media reports on the new national poverty line...

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Reimagining Development
Media Fellowship Programme to probe many facets of Poverty

The Orientation event was held on September 24, 2016 at the CEPA premises. The event was attended by the twenty fellows, five members of the Expert Panel, Ms. Himali...

Hit by Extreme Weather, South Asia Balances Growth and Food Security

Original source - http://reliefweb.int/ Sri Lanka is literally baking these days. During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were...

‘Refugee Nation’ – imagining a new state for the world’s refugees

  Photo credits: independent.co.uk   By Nayana Godamunne Over 60 million refugees exist in the world today, the highest number since the Second World War. As a pandemic of anti immigration raises its head...

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Making Sustainability the Next Metric

This presents nine development priorities that were formulated drawing on discussions that we had with civil society activists from across the country. Moreover, we have also included the principle...

Sarasavi Kurutu Gee

   දරිද්‍රතා විශ්ලේෂණ කේන්ද්‍රයේ නවෝත්පාදක අරමුදල, යටතේ සරසවි කුරුටු ගීී පිළිබඳව අධ්‍යයනය කිරීම පිළිබඳ අදහස මුලින්ම ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද්දේ 2008 දීය. මෙම යෝජනාව පිලිබඳ විශේෂ අවධානය යොමුවීමට ප්‍රධාන කරුණ...

The Architect

This article looks at the effects of the government’s urban regeneration campaign on a settlement or watte community forced to make way for infrastructure development in the city. Watte dwellers are particularly disadvantaged...

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CEPA Events

Hospitality and Exclusion: a Political Economy Analysis of the Tourism Industry in Post-war Sri Lanka.

Six years after the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka is ambitiously pursuing a model of development which includes large-scale transformations in industrial and tourism infrastructure intended to fuel socio-economic advancement, upward mobility and the empowerment of all Sri Lankan peoples....

Hidden in Plain Sight: Caste in Sri Lankan politics and society

Caste politics continue to dominate many aspects of Sri Lankan society. From accessing basic services, vote banks, political patronage to marriage, caste plays a determining role....

Café on Wellbeing

A talk by Debra Efroymson on wellbeing will take place at CEPA on September 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm. Based on her latest publication Beyond Apologies Debra Efroymson will share her views on losing out on wellbeing in the push towards achieving Upper Middle Income status, followed by a discussion...

Book Club
සන්නස්ගලගේ අම්මා සහ ලංකාවේ දුප්පත්කම

සන්නස්ගලගේ අම්මා සහ ලංකාවේ දුප්පත්කම...

Film Forum
This Changes Everything

Capitalism Vs. The Climate A film by Avi Lewis based on the international bestselling book by Naomi Klein...


'Kunatu' is a short film written and directed by Suranga Deshapriya Katugampala representing the lives of Sri Lankans domiciled in Verona, Italy. August 9th @ 3:30 pm at CEPA...

Two Days, One Night

On May 31, 2016 at 3:30pm at CEPA...

Open Forum
Ensuring safe and secure employment for women

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) cordially invites you to CEPA’s 55th Open Forum. This forum will attempt to generate a trilingual discussion on the topic, “Ensuring Safe and Secure Employment for Women”. It will be held on Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Sri...

Launch of the study 'No Silver Bullet: an assessment of the effects of financial counseling on decision-making behaviour of housing beneficiaries in Jaffna and Kilinochchi

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) warmly invite you to the launch of the study 'No Silver Bullet: an assessment of the effects of financial counseling on decision-making behaviour of housing beneficiaries in Jaffna and Kilinochchi. ...

54th Open Forum on Poverty

Venue : LKIIRSS Contact Info : Juanita on 011-4690200...

Hospitality and Exclusion: a Political Economy Analysis of the Tourism Industry in Post-war Sri Lanka.

Six years after the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka is ambitiously pursuing a model of development which includes large-scale transformations in industrial and tourism infrastructure intended to fuel socio-economic advancement, upward mobility and the empowerment...

2017 as the Year for Poverty Alleviation New Challenges and Opportunities

In September of 2016, the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) was pleased to respond to a request by the Presidential Secretariat to write a briefing paper on the status of poverty in Sri Lanka. The President of...

Ensuring Sustainability for Sri Lanka's Tourism Industry

The multi stakeholder consultation on making tourism viable, sustainable and inclusive was successfully concluded on the 5th of January with the active participation of a cross section of representatives drawn from the tourism sector. ...

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Related Websites

Poverty Portal

A gateway to macro and micro level information on poverty for researchers and practitioners on the frontlines of development work in Sri Lanka. Hosted by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), the portal carries data and resources on poverty from a cross section of sources, and makes it easy to access poverty related information in one place. Visit website »

Reimagining Development

‘Development’ is a very powerful word. It has shaped countless lives and changed the landscape of entire countries. Yet, it is often used without a very clear idea of what it means - in relation to what 'development' really is, and what it comprises. Reimagining Development offers a space to debate and discuss te usefulness of existing notions of development, both mainstream and alternative, in the current Sri Lankan and global contexts.  Visit website »

Peace and Conflict Timeline

pactThe Peace and Conflict Timeline (PACT) concept was recognized by the Society for New Communications Research, a global think tank dedicated to the advanced study of emerging modes of communication, with an award for its innovative use of new media. For more information about the Society and the awards. Visit the website for more information. Visit website »

What's the Score

whats the scoreOn What’sthescore we take a different spin on cricket. While cricket rankings and player statistics are vital part of the cricket commentary, we use statistics and stories to highlight the 14 cricketing nations' progress in human development and their performance in tackling poverty and inequality. So in our version of the World Cup, countries climb up the rankings based on their performance on issues like distribution of income, gender equality, environmental sustainability, quality of education and health. Visit website »

Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

SLRCCEPA is a core member of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC): researching livelihoods and services affected by conflict.  The SLRC aims to provide a stronger evidence base about how people make a living, educate their children, deals with illness ad access basic services in fragile and conflict affected situations. Visit the website for more information. Visit website »