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. They are also more likely to rely on natural resource related livelihoods such as agriculture and fisheries. In addition the poor are more vulnerable to shocks and are less able to recover from or withstand shocks such as natural disasters. Climate change will further aggravate these risk factors.
CEPA’s 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 context for the work under this thematic.
Migration is not a new phenomenon in Sri Lanka. However, issues related to migration have generated a lot of interest in the recent past because of its significant, increasing contribution to the national economy in the form of inward remittances and because of its capacity for generating employment opportunities for the local labour force. Increasing reports of abuses and Ill treatment of certain kind of unskilled labour force; especially of the domestic workers, further drew attention of the government and other stakeholders who are working on migration issues.
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. We believe that Sri Lanka needs to address deep rooted ‘perceived’ or ‘real’ discrimination issues that caused the violent conflict in its progress towards sustainable peace and the proposed strategy will look at Sri Lanka in a post war context.
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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