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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

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...

Ensuring safe and secure employment for women

Women’s labour has borne the brunt of the continuous conflict between private capital and labour. The plight of women workers is largely caused by social inequities that stem from...

Starting Strong: Asia Dialogue on the first 1000 days of the SDGs

Spent two days in Club Palm Bay Marawila, Sri Lanka facilitating a workshop with the above title organized by Southern Voice, ODI and CEPA. Do not be fooled...

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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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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...

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...

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CEPA Events

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...

Communicating Poverty through Theater: a Story from India

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

Book Club
සන්නස්ගලගේ අම්මා සහ ලංකාවේ දුප්පත්කම

සන්නස්ගලගේ අම්මා සහ ලංකාවේ දුප්පත්කම...

Film Forum

'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...

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....

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...

Annual Poverty Symposium
14th CEPA Symposium: Towards Re-imagining Infrastructure and Urban Development

23-24 November, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Symposium is part of CEPA’s thematic research programme on infrastructure and is intended to help plan, generate and draw together research and knowledge regarding key aspects of infrastructure and urban development in Sri Lanka, South Asia, and beyond....

13th CEPA Symposium: Post-war Development in Asia and Africa

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) organized its Annual Symposium this year in collaboration with the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). The event took the form of an International Conference on Post-War Development in Asia and Africa and was held in Colombo from the 1-3rd September 2014 at the Sri...

2013: Making Sustainability the Next Metric

The Centre for Poverty Analysis, in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Dialogue (Bangladesh), Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan) and Practical Action (Sri Lanka), held its 12th annual poverty symposium on the 6th and 7th of November 2013. The symposium aimed to advance and compliment the Southern Voice Initiative (Centre...

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 SDGs. The blog discusses the recent interactive discussion...

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...

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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 »