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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 is registered as a company limited by guarantee under Sri Lanka's Companies Act 17 of 1982, on 24th April 2001 and re-registered under the Companies Act No.7 of 2007 on 28th July 2008. CEPA carries out a range of client services that includes; research, consultancy, evaluation and training in CEPA's thematic areas of infrastructure, migration, environment, conflict and vulnerability.


Poverty in Sri Lanka

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Poverty and Inequality Video Series

As per the latest (2016) HIES Data, the national poverty headcount index has gone down from 6.7% (2012/13) to 4.1% (2016). But inequality remains high at 0.45 measured using...

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...

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Media Articles
The Gates of Paradise are Open...but Who Benefits?

This article is written in response to the theme of “eradicating poverty as a means of conflict prevention”. By asking whether the eradication of poverty prevents conflict, we reflect...

How do the numbers on poverty stack up against ground reality?

By K. Romeshun, Senior Researcher, Centre for Poverty Analysis The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) recently released the latest Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) for 2016. The survey,...

Transport and congestion: is there a way forward?

By Amila Balasuriya, Research Professional, Centre for Poverty Analysis The contribution of transport to the wellbeing of people in today’s world does not require great elaboration. Although improvements in transportation...

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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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UNFPA Sri Lanka continues multi-stakeholder engagements to develop Provincial-level Youth Policies

CEPA was contracted by UNFPA to provide the necessary technical assistance to produce a provincial youth policy document, in line with the National Youth Policy, that is more action...

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...

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CEPA Events

The political economy of long-term revenue decline in Sri Lanka

The Centre for Poverty Analysis hosted a talk by Professor Mick Moore based on his study ‘The political economy of long-term revenue decline in Sri Lanka’ at the Centre for Poverty Analysis on July 12, 2017. Prof. Moore, in his talk examined the political and institutional processes that led...

Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Sri Lanka - What scope for empowerment of vulnerable communities?

A presentation will be made by Stephen Woroniecki, a PhD candidate on his preliminary findings, highlighting how Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change Adaptation (EbA) may provide opportunities for empowerment among social groups that have the least capabilities to address climate change. ...

Even fish have an ethnicity : a study on how ethnic identities mediate livelihoods in a fishing community in post-war Sri Lanka

While discussions on ethnicity and tensions based on ethnic interactions are still very important in post-war Sri Lanka, these discourses are insufficient to explain the nation’s post-war social tensions as well as the inequalities that lead to these tensions. ...

Film Forum
An evening with a young Sri Lankan filmmaker

Sritharan Someetharan is a young filmmaker and a journalist focusing on socio-political issues in Sri Lanka for over ten years.He was living in war-torn Jaffna back in the 80s and his personal experiences led him to express the destruction of war through a cinematic lens. He started his career as...

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...

Open Forum
Reflections on Post-War Recovery

On 22nd February 2017, CEPA presented an Open Forum at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, Colombo titled “Reflections on Post-War Recovery” focusing on perceptions of service delivery and governance among resettled communities in the North and East. The material presented was based on a 6-year research programme carried out by...

Reflections on Post-War Recovery

Six years after the end of the protracted conflict, both the government of Sri Lanka and the donor community, have focused largely on economic recovery as a key post-war development strategy....

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...

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...

Stay Informed

How do the numbers on poverty stack up against ground reality?

The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) recently released the latest Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) for 2016. The survey, carried out in 3-year time blocks gives us information on poverty and inequality in monetary terms....

The Gates of Paradise are Open…but Who Benefits?

This article is written in response to the theme of “eradicating poverty as a means of conflict prevention”. By asking whether the eradication of poverty prevents conflict, we reflect upon its complexity and interdependence with other aspects...

Reaping a diversity dividend: Lessons for post-war Sri Lanka

On Oct 11th, we hosted Professor Indra De Soysa at CEPA for a talk entitled "Reaping a diversity dividend: Lessons for post-war Sri Lanka." Professor De Soysa presented the findings from a long ranging quantitative study into...

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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 »


Udan Fernando, PhD (Amsterdam)
Executive Director

Over the past 20 years, Udan has held leadership positions in Sri Lankan development organisations and was a senior staff member in a research and consultancy organisation in the Netherlands, working in Europe, East and West Africa and Southeast Asia. Also, he has functioned as a freelance consultant in Sri Lanka and abroad. He has had academic and professional training in management, law, labour studies and international development cooperation. He has taught in universities in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands as a visiting academic.

Areas of interest: Aid Policy, Development Cooperation, Communication for Social Change/Development, Strategic Planning and Organisational Development

Karin Fernando, MA (Brandeis)
Senior Research Professional

Karin has a Master's in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, USA. She has over 15 years’ experience implementing development and environmental management projects with NGOs and multilateral agencies, as well as monitoring and evaluation experience.

At CEPA, she is responsible for managing the Research and Policy programme on the Environment and Infrastructure thematic. 

Areas of interest: Sustainable Development, Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Impact Monitoring

Kulasabanathan Romeshun, MA (Colombo)
Senior Research Professional

Romeshun has worked in the development field for the past twenty years in government and funding organisations. He has a Master’s in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo.

As Team Leader for the Facets of Poverty programme, Romesh and his team are responsible for collating messages on poverty, inequality and prosperity, drawing from CEPA's research and advisory activities. Additionally, the Facets of Poverty Team works on poverty measurement and is starting to look at the impact of macro factors on poverty.

Priyanthi Fernando, MA (Leicester)
Independent Development Consultant

Priyanthi Fernando, has a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Peradeniya. A social development professional with over 30 years of experience both in Sri Lanka and overseas, she has worked in the areas of technology, infrastructure and poverty. She has led a specialist global network, managed the Sri Lankan arm of an international NGO, and worked with a grassroots women's organization.  Priyanthi was the Executive Director of the Centre for Poverty Analysis till February 2015 and is now an international consultant on gender, post war, transport, and communication.

Areas of interest: Inclusive Development, Institutional Change, Gender, Networking and Communication

Ramani Gunatilaka, PhD (Monash)
Freelance Consultant

Ramani Gunatilaka works as an independent consultant in Sri Lanka and the region. She is also a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo and a Director, Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka. She holds a BSc in economics from University College London, an MSc in development economics from the University of Oxford, and a doctorate in applied econometrics from Monash University. She has published internationally, in the areas of income distribution, labour markets and subjective well-being.

Areas of Interest: Economic Analysis in the areas of Inequality, Poverty, Labour Markets and Micro Finance

Dileni Gunewardena, PhD (American)
Professor, University of Peradeniya

Dileni Gunewardena is Professor (Chair) of Economics at the University of Peradeniya. She holds a doctorate from the American University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Peradeniya. Her research is mainly in Development Microeconomics and includes empirical analyses relating to poverty measurement, child nutrition, gender wage inequality and ethnic inequality in Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Dileni has been involved in the design of Policy Frameworks for Poverty Alleviation in Sri Lanka and in analyses for progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in Sri Lanka. Having been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California-Riverside, and a visiting scholar at University of Warwick, U.K, she is currently an Echidna Global Scholar at the Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C.

Areas of Interest: Development Microeconomics, Poverty and Inequality

Nadhiya Najab, BBusCom/BComn (Monash)
Research Professional

Nadhiya studied economics, communications and international studies at Monash University, Australia.

Her research at CEPA falls under the Migration and Post-Conflict thematic. She is part of the CEPA Communications team as well.

Areas of interest: Migration, Post-War Development and Communications Strategies

Mehala Mahilrajah, MDP (Peradeniya)
Research Professional

Mehala has a Master's in Development Practice from the University of Peradeniya. She has more than five years' experience in the humanitarian and development fields at the district and provincial levels. Previously, she worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council. At CEPA, Mehala is involved in capacity building and training, as well as research, where she brings her expertise in action research. Areas of interest: Law, Politics and Policy, Sustainable Development, Governance, and Environment

Eranga Amunugama, BSc (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Head of Operations and Resource Mobilisation

Eranga received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, specialising in Marketing. He has over nine years of experience in the private sector and in development agencies, such as CARE International. He has been involved in programme design, resource mobilisation and private sector partnerships. At CEPA, Eranga heads the strategising of Operations & Resource Mobilisation which involves programme development initiatives and partnerships.



Chathurika De Silva

Chathurika has completed her Operational Level at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK) and is currently studying for managerial level exams. She has seven years' experience at CEPA and is responsible for the provision of accounts, project costing, liaising with donors and providing other financial information.

Gayathri Manori (ACA)
Head of Finance

Manori is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Since beginning her career at KPMG, she has gained seven years of experience in taxation and auditing. Prior to joining CEPA in January 2013, she served as the Accountant at The Colombo Pharmacy Co. PLC, for two years, gaining commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and real estate sectors. At CEPA, she is responsible for the preparation and presentation of financial statements, in compliance with Sri Lanka Financial Reports Standards relevant for small and medium enterprises, handles taxation of the company, liaises with auditors and provides other financial information.

K. M. Rajitha Chamali
Assistant Accountant

Rajitha has completed her Diploma in Business Accounting at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and is currently studying for the CIMA Management Level Examination. She has one-and-a-half years' experience in the banking sector, joining CEPA in 2009.

She is responsible for maintenance of financial records, accuracy and timelines, and provision of support services and information to the management and staff to enable efficient decision making and monitoring of the MIS System.


N. E. B. Ayomi (BBM)
Human Resources Executive

Having graduated from the Uva Wellassa University, Badulla, with a Bachelor's in Business Management, Ayomi is currently following a Master’s in Labour Relations and Human Resource Management at the University of Colombo.

Her work at CEPA includes maintaining and processing administrative work related to Human Resources.

D. M. N. U. Guneratne
Logistics Coordinator

Guneratne joined CEPA in December 2001. His responsibilities include attending to the functions of the front office reception area, event coordination, assistance in filing for the Accounts division, monitoring the costs of logistics in the field, and assisting in office administration.

Ramya Badugodage
Office Aide

Ramya joined CEPA in January 2002 and is responsible for maintaining CEPA's working environment and organising refreshments for CEPA events.

Lahiru Indika Dissanayake
Office Assistant

Lahiru joined CEPA in April 2013 and assists in all logistical arrangements.

Merlin Rodrigo
Office Aide

Merlin joined CEPA in May 2001 and is responsible for maintaining CEPA's working environment and organising refreshments for CEPA events.

Nirmani Liyanage, MURP (BSU)
Research Professional

Nirmani has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University, USA. Her main research area is the making/negotiating of everyday spaces by ordinary people. She has published a chapter on handiya (Routledge, 2016), the road-intersection-based neighbourhood centre which is the basic organiser of space in Sri Lanka. Her latest research investigates the pola, informal periodic markets, highlighting the local production of modernity; the research was supported by an ASPiRE grant and received the best thesis award from BSU (2015-16). Ms. Liyanage has interned and worked as urban planner and researcher at the Metropolitan Planning Organization (Indianapolis, USA), International Water Management Institute (HQ-Sri Lanka), LirneAsia (Sri Lanka) and has conducted community based research in India, Nepal, China, Singapore, Malaysia and the USA. At CEPA, Nirmani Liyanage leads its long-term attempt to redefine infrastructure related research in Sri Lanka, under theme of ‘Infrastructure and Poverty’.

Areas of interest: Politics of space, infrastructure and urban/rural planning, poverty, social/cultural implications of state-driven development, postcolonial theory, the intersections of nationalism, modernism, and development, and qualitative research methods.

Nirmi Christina
Accounts Clerk

Christina is following a degree program on Business Management at NIBM. She has completed the foundation level of Marketing Management and currently reading for advance certificate of Marketing Management. She is responsible for day-to-today payments, operational data entry for management accounts and other finance related tasks.

Chandima Arambepola, (Universities of Amsterdam and Osnabruck)
Research Professional

Chandima holds a Masters Degree in International Migration and Social Cohesion jointly awarded by the University of Amsterdam and the University of Osnabruck. She has worked in the development sector in Sri Lanka for about five years, primarily working on reporting, grants administration and project management. During a work stint as a research assistant in Singapore, Chandima helped research and co-author articles related to foreign domestic workers, particularly with regard to their health status and their role as caregivers of the elderly. Her main area of interest is labour migration.

Ashra Wickramathilaka, BSC (Moratuwa)
Junior Research Professional

Ashra has a Bachelor’s Degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of Moratuwa. She has previously worked as an interned at the International Water Management Institute-Headquarters based in Sri Lanka. Her research at CEPA falls under the Infrastructure and poverty thematic.

Areas of interest: Urban Planning / Environmental Ssustainability / Infrastructure and Natural Resource Management

Amila Balasuriya, MSc (Peradeniya)
Research Professional

Amila has a Master’s in Natural Resource Management from the Post-Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, and a Bachelor's in Agriculture from the same university. Amila has more than eight years’ research experience in poverty, agriculture, climate change and infrastructure. Besides working as a researcher at CEPA, he manages the CEPA Innovation Fund. Areas of interest: Impact Monitoring, Rural Livelihoods, Environment, and Natural Resource Management

Aftab Lall, MA (Institute of Development Studies)
Research Assistant

Aftab holds a BA Honours degree in English Literature from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India, and recently earned a Master's in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK. He has worked on slum rehabilitation in New Delhi and corporate social responsibility initiatives in Ho Chi Minh city. At CEPA, he conducts primary research on access and delivery of basic services in the Northern Province as part of a research project of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. Areas of Interest: Poverty, Vulnerability, Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts

Anusha Sivalingam, BA (University of Colombo)
Junior Research Professional

Anusha has a degree in Mass Media (special) from the University of Colombo. She has previously interned at the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation. She has experience working in the Tamil and Sinhala media (print electronic and new media) as a journalist and web editor. She has translated two books for publication. At CEPA, she works in the areas of Tamil media coordination and research.
Areas of interest: Communication.

Jesmine Sherene Nugara
Front Office Executive

Jesmine has over 12 years experience in the areas of Administration, Finance, Human Resources and Secretarial work.  She has previously worked as an Executive /Assistant Administration Manager an International Non governmental Organisations and private firms. She is currently studying for a BBA and has also completed the 1st level of ACCA.  At CEPA, she is responsible for front office functions, event coordination, supporting general administration and public relations and work related to HR.

Isuru Sampath Thennakoon, BA Econ (University of Colombo)
Junior Research Professional

Isuru has a Bachelor's Degree in economics, economic policy and management from the University of Colombo. He also holds a diploma in counseling physiology and has worked as a counselor. Isuru is a poet and has currently published three books of poetry. He has previously worked with non-profit organisations as a project coordinator and a research assistant. At CEPA, Isuru works with the Facets of Poverty research thematic and the Communications Team.
Areas of interest: poverty, rural economic transformation and development, economic policy making, Sinhala literature and environmental economics.

Sujanthy Sri Sureshkumar BA (Hons) Geography (University of Peradeniya)
Junior Research Professional

Sujanthy has a Bachelor's Degree (Hons) in Geography from the University of Peradeniya. She is presently reading for her Master of Science in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing at the Post Graduate Institute of Science of the University of Peradeniya. Sujanthy has previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya and with non-profit organisations as a Project Coordinator and Design Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. At CEPA, her research falls within the post war and migration thematic.
Areas of interest:  Spatial Modeling / Regional Development / Environmental Monitoring and Environmental Impact Assessment

Nihal Perera, PhD (Binghamton University)
Professor, Ball State University

Nihal Perera is Professor Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at Ball State University and the founder and Director of CapAsia, an immersive semester programme based on collaboration in Asia for American students.  In addition to teaching in the USA, he has taught in Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.  The two-time Fulbright Scholar awardee: to China (2006–07) and Myanmar (2015-16) was also Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (2010) and Melting Pot Fellow at KMITL, Bangkok.  He has also received three Fulbright-Hays awards and a Graham Foundation award.  Dr. Perera, a leading scholar of social space, focuses his research on how people create/negotiate their own spaces (i.e., create lived spaces).  His publications include articles on Feminizing the City, competing modernities in Chandigarh, competing visions for Dharavi and books entitled Decolonizing Ceylon, Transforming Asian Cities, and People’s Spaces.  His recent publication is a special issue of the Bhumi journal on Development.

Anupama Ranawana, Ph.D (Aberdeen)
Senior Research Professional

Anupama's doctoral work focused on religious political thought in the global political economy. She has  over eight years of research experience in both academic and policy based work.  Anupama's experience also spans the local and the global, having worked for organisations such as Oxfam GB and Caritas Canada, as well as the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka.  At the university level, she has taught courses on International Political Economy, Democracy and Conflict, Theories of International Relations and on Religion and International Development. Her research, teaching and professional experience has involved her in projects that have examined the following topics: faith and climate change,  civil society in developing contexts, transitional justice, peacebuilding and reconciliation, international development, critical political economy, gender and development,  postcolonial and decolonial approaches to the political economy. At CEPA, Anupama is part of the post-war development and migration thematic research  team.
Areas of Research Interest: Feminist Research Methods, Decolonial Thought, Critical Political Economy, Religious Political Thought, Liberation Theology, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, International Development.

Sujendra Selvalingam, M.Sc. (Colombo)
Project Management and Development Professional

Sujendra holds a M.Sc. in Service Management from The Institute of Human Resource Advancement, of the University of Colombo. He has over 5 years of experience in project management in the state sector and private sector as well as in civil society organisations working with communities at the grassroot level. Prior to joining CEPA, Sujendra worked with numerous local and international organisations including Sarvodaya, Voluntary Services Overseas-UK, and GIZ–FLICT (Facilitating Initiatives For Social Cohesion & Transformation).

Gayathri Lokuge, PhD (Wageningen)
Senior Research Professional

Gayathri obtained her PhD from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, studying how intersectional social identities shape livelihoods in post-war contexts. Gayathri read for her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts at the University of Kelaniya. She has twelve years of research experience and experience as a trainer/facilitator on qualitative research methods. Her methodological orientation is qualitative and includes ethnography. At CEPA, Gayathri leads the post-war development and migration thematic research areas. Areas of interest:  conflict, post-war development and livelihoods including small and medium enterprises and value chain analysis.

M. A. Mohamed Munas, MA (Colombo)
Senior Research Professional

Munas received his Master’s in Economics from the University of Colombo and read for a Bachelor’s in Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya. Munas has over eight years’ experience researching poverty, conflict, fisheries, migration and diaspora issues. Also, he has conducted project evaluations in the conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka. Munas coordinates the Migration thematic at CEPA. He currently leads a research project on diaspora engagement in conflict settings, focusing on Sri Lanka. Also, Munas conducts trainings on qualitative data analysis using Nvivo software. Areas of interest: Migration, Diaspora, Reconciliation, Project Evaluation, Post-Conflict Livelihoods, Small-scale Fisheries

M. A. Mohamed Munas, MA (Colombo)
Senior Research Professional

Munas received his Master’s in Economics from the University of Colombo and read for a Bachelor’s in Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya. Munas has over eight years’ experience researching poverty, conflict, fisheries, migration and diaspora issues. Also, he has conducted project evaluations in the conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka. Munas coordinates the Migration thematic at CEPA. He currently leads a research project on diaspora engagement in conflict settings, focusing on Sri Lanka. Also, Munas conducts trainings on qualitative data analysis using Nvivo software. Areas of interest: Migration, Diaspora, Reconciliation, Project Evaluation, Post-Conflict Livelihoods, Small-scale Fisheries

Basith Inadeen, BA (Colombo)
Research Professional

Basith has a Bachelor's in Social Science from the University of Colombo. He holds international licenses from the Wageningen University, Netherlands, on Multi Stakeholder Process, and on the Citizen Report Card methodology from the Public Affairs Centre, India. He has extensive experience in field data collection and coordinating in the development sector for various think tanks, as well as research and development institutions. He currently leads the Citizen Report Card — Good Governance tool at CEPA. Areas of interest: Good Governance and Accountability, Multi Stakeholder Process, Post-Conflict Development and Migration.

Georg E. Frerks, PhD (Wageningen)
CEPA Research Fellow

Georg Frerks has a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and a Master’s in RuralDevelopment Sociology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He has been Professor of Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, holds the Chair of International Security Studies at the Netherlands Defence Academy and was the Professor of Disaster Studies at Wageningen University till mid-2014. Trained as a sociologist, he specialises in contemporary conflict and emergencies. With a long-term experience in diplomacy and policy advice, Frerks is interested in the sociological and governance aspects of conflict and disasters. Frerks has a distinguished record in the evaluation and monitoring of development, conflict and disaster programmes and has published widely on the subject of his research.

Areas of interest: Contemporary conflict, Emergencies, Conflict and disasters, Policy & Governance

Chaturanga Weerasekera, MLS (Colombo)
Senior Professional/Librarian

Chaturanga is a Chartered Librarian with over 20 years of professional experience in knowledge dissemination and Resource Centre management. She obtained her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences at the National Institute of Library and Information Science (NILIS), University of Colombo. Her dissertation focused on the challenges faced by authors when publishing in peer-reviewed journals. She is responsible for the overall function of the CEPA Resource Centre, including the physical and digital libraries and dissemination of CEPA publications. She coordinates dialogue and exchange events, such as the Book Club, Film Club, guest talks and various other information sharing programmes. Areas of interest: Digital Libraries, Institutional Repositories, Open Access Sources, Green and Gold Models, Digital Scholarship, Scholarly Publishing, Peer-Review Standards and Guidelines, Copyright Law

Krishan Siriwardhana, MA (Ball State University)
Sinhala Editor, Media and Online Communications Coordinator

Krishan has a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University, USA and holds a BA in Media Studies from the University of Colombo. Prior to joining CEPA, Krishan worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the Journalism Unit of the University of Colombo. He also worked in the social media department for Projects Abroad and worked as a freelance web journalist for the “Sunday Times”. Currently, he is the Sinhala Editor and media and online communications coordinator for CEPA.
Areas of interest: Citizen journalism, rhetorical criticism, critical theory and political communication.