CEPA’s experience has straddled several sectors and thematic areas in the area of assessments: resettlement, conflict, infrastructure (roads, energy, and water and sanitation), plantations, children’s issues, and youth. Poverty, gender and environmental analyses are mainstreamed into CEPA’s work. CEPA has used its expertise to assist clients to design programmes, to prioritise pro-poor interventions, to construct monitoring systems, carry out inprocess monitoring and independent external evaluations, and to develop organisational capacity in project design, monitoring and evaluation.
Over the years CEPA’s established expertise in qualitative research has been complemented by increased capacity in quantitative analysis, and the ability to carry out relatively large surveys. CEPA’s interest in the Q2 (or Q squared) approach that mixes both qualitative and quantitative methods in a complementary way, puts it at the cutting edge of the use of research methodology. We have also developed a capacity to moderate discussion, to facilitate dialogue among diverse stakeholders and to engage in knowledge management.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Government of Sri Lanka in addressing land tenure and property rights challenges in the North and East under the Land Administration and Protection of Property (LAPP) project. The program was implemented through a Property Rights and Resource Governance task order awarded to ARD, Inc., implementing partner for USAID. The LAPP project provided assistance to government recovery efforts in protecting property, clarification of rights and access to land and strengthening land administration capacity of local government staff. In connection with the project, ARD, Inc. requested CEPA to provide advisory services that informed the LAPP project in addressing land tenure challenges at national and provincial levels. More specifically, a research report recommending the development of a gender and vulnerable groups strategy, that will ensure the inclusivity and participation of vulnerable groups i.e. women-headed households, orphans, Sri Lankans living abroad, and identify viable mechanisms for property rights/claims processes.
Social welfare programmes in the plantation sector are carried out with the intention of improving the lives and living conditions of estate workers. There is also an implicit expectation that these investments result in increased willingness to work on the estates and worker productivity. Hence the overall objective of the study was to examine the relationship between social welfare programmes and their contribution to productivity. It identifies pivotal factors that contribute to labour satisfaction and productivity and if social programmes lead to behavioral and attitudinal changes that then have an impact on productivity.
The panel survey on Entrepreneurs in Colombo is a continuation of the cross-sectional survey conducted in 2012 (Employment, Empowerment and Living Standards). The objective of the survey was to improve the understanding on the mechanisms of enterprise growth, in particular, capital accumulation of microenterprises. In addition, it shed light on social and kinship networks in overcoming credit market constraints, role of savings devices on savings and investment behaviour.
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.
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