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    Infrastructure
    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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    Migration
    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.

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Poverty in Sri Lanka

Poverty head count ratio - Sectors

Poverty head count ratio - Sri lanka


Blog
Can the caste be a thing of the past?

The caste system is a sensitive subject in Sri Lanka which continues to shape everyday lives of many vulnerable communities, particularly in the Jaffna Peninsula. The only quantitative study...

Post War Resettlement in Sri Lanka

On the 19th of May 2009, then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the Parliament stated that “the country has been liberated from terrorism” (The Guardian, 2009). Three decades...

A Feminist Approach to Research: Truth as Relational

Some of CEPA’s researchers, Aftab Lall, Nadhiya Najab, and Prashanthi Jayasekera, followed a short course on social science research at the Social Scientists’ Association in Colombo. The class covers...

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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
‘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...

Orange is for Oppression

Photo credit: The Hindu Originally published in the Himal Southasian issue Labour and its Discontents (Vol 28 No 1) in May 2015  ...

අපි couple එකක් නොවේ: නිදහස් අවකාශය සහ තහනම් ආදරය

Photo credit: indi.ca ධනුක බණ්ඩාර පසුගිය වසරේ වේදිකා ගතවූ නාට්‍ය අතරින් චමිල ප්‍රියංකගේ “මෙය තුවක්කුවක් නොවේ” නාට්‍යය සංකල්පීයමය වශයෙන් ඉහළ තැනක ඇත. වේදිකාව මැද මෙය තුවක්කුවක් නොවේ යැයි සඳහන් වූ විශාල තුවක්කුවකි....

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Publications
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...

Economic and Political Weekly

Economic and Political Weekly brings together six papers from South Asia presented at an international symposium titled "Challenges of Post-War Development in Asia and Africa" convened by the Centre for...

Orange is for Oppression. A Day in the Life of a Colombo Street Cleaner

Originally published in the Himal Southasian issue Labour and its Discontents (Vol 28 No 1) in May 2015 Orange is for Opression  ...

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CEPA Events

CEPA Café
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...

Communicating Poverty through Theater: a Story from India

Communicating Poverty through Theater: a Story from India...

PERFUME ON SWEAT AND DUST?

PERFUME ON SWEAT AND DUST?...

Book Club
සන්නස්ගලගේ අම්මා සහ ලංකාවේ දුප්පත්කම

සන්නස්ගලගේ අම්මා සහ ලංකාවේ දුප්පත්කම...

Film Forum
CEPA FILM FORUM PRESENTS: Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrant

This film explores the cultural memories of the largest Afro-Sri Lankan community. Dances and songs (in creolised Portuguese, a language of trade and commerce for 350 years in Sri Lanka) connect the Afro-Sri Lankans to Africa, their erstwhile homeland....

Why We Fight

Why We Fight...

Imaginefest

Imaginefest...

Open Forum
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...


CEPA News
The Global Assessment Report 2015 is Now Available in Tamil and Sinhala

The Global Assessment Report 2015 in Sinhala and Tamil was launched at the 54th Open Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction on the 3rd September 2015. The Tamil and Sinahala versions of the document can be accessed now...

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විශ්වවිද්‍යාල අධ්‍යාපනය පිළිබඳ විවෘත කතිකාව

දරිද්‍රතා විශ්ලේෂණ කේන්ද්‍රය (CEPA) මඟින් සංවිධානය කරන 53 වෙනි විවෘත කතිකාව, “ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විශ්වවිද්‍යාල අධ්‍යාපනය: විචාරාත්මක සංවාදය” යන හිසින් පැවැත් වේ. මෙම විවෘත කතිකාව, ජුලි 23, බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා පස්වරු 4.30 ට ශ්‍රී ලංකා පදනමේ, තුන්වෙනි දේශන ශාලාවේදී...

Stability Journal Features: The Challenges of Post-war Development in Asia and Africa

A selection of papers from the 2014 Annual Symposium of the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka, convened jointly with the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC)....

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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

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What's the Score

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Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

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