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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

Poverty head count ratio - Sectors

Poverty head count ratio - Sri lanka

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 »