Can Khan Academy E-learning Video Tutorials Improve Mathematics Achievement in Sri Lanka?

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, recently published a co-authored article with Brian Chin of Asian Development Bank, Philippines titled “Can Khan Academy e-learning video tutorials improve mathematics achievement in Sri Lanka?”

Janaka Wijayasiri Participates at Fourth Meeting of the BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, attended the fourth meeting of the BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks.

IPS Research Fellow Speaks on Labor Force Participation of Elderly in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, presenting a paper titled ‘Labor Force Participation of Elderly in Sri Lanka: Patterns and Determinants’, highlighted that the challenge faced by Sri Lanka’s ageing population is compounded by two major labour market challenges.

Kanchana Wickramasinghe Highlights Importance of Disaster Education

Disaster education can play an imperative role in promoting disaster resilience, pointed out IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, recently.

#IPSSOE Twitter Chat Sheds Light on Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook and Challenges for the Future

The #IPSSOE Twitter Chat, hosted by IPS (@TalkEconomicsSL) to unpack the findings of the Institute’s flagship report, ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2018’, was held on 12 December 2017.

IPS Researchers Highlight Value Chain Studies Undertaken to Date and their Methodologies

Since 2006, IPS has engaged in several value chain research projects in different sectors (both goods and services) with diverse research focuses.

There is Potential for Mutual Microinsurance Among Sri Lanka’s Grassroots Communities, Study Finds

A study authored by IPS has found that, although the demand for insurance remains low among low-income communities, there is potential for mutual microinsurance given the prevalence of community-based networks at the grass-root level.

Eleventh South Asia Economic Summit on ‘Corridors of Knowledge for Peace and Development’

Eleventh South Asia Economic Summit was held under the theme of ‘Corridors of Knowledge for Peace and Development’, in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 04 – 07 December 2018.

Uva Wellassa University Students and Faculty Visit IPS

While highlighting the reasons for the growing focus on food security and value chain research at IPS, Research Fellow, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, noted that poor, backward and forward linkages in Sri Lanka’s agriculture has become a cause of concern.

IPS Stakeholder Engagement Forum highlights Major Challenges for Food Security

While more than 80% of Sri Lanka’s food is produced locally, Sri Lanka continues to struggle with food security issues, IPS research has shown.

Manoj Thibbotuwawa Speaks on Shaping Local Economy Through Lessons Learnt

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Economic Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, highlighted the importance of focusing on market system approach in making agricultural policies to achieve win-win solutions for all the stakeholders in the value chain.

Research-policy Meeting on Interpreting SDGs for South Asia: In Search of a Regional Framework

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, recently discussed Sri Lanka’s initiatives to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the key implementation challenges.

Kanchana Wickramasinghe Speaks at the BIMSTEC Think Tank Dialogue on Regional Security

IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, highlighted that effective regional collaboration in the area of disaster management can bring in substantial benefits to increase disaster resilience in BIMSTEC countries.

IPS Participates in the TTI Exchange 2018 (TTIX)

IPS participated in the TTI Exchange 2018 (TTIX), held in Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel, on 12 – 14 November 2018.

IPS Researchers Discuss the Lessons to be Learnt from Chinese Reforms

IPS researchers spoke at the ‘International Forum on China’s Reform and Opening Up and Poverty Reduction’, held on 01 – 02 November 2018, at Diaoyutai State Guest House, Beijing, China.

IPS Executive Director Speaks on the Currency Outlook and Forecast

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, recently observed that Sri Lanka’s sensitivity to a rise in the cost of debt was high and the risks on currency turmoil have heightened with the current political standoff.

Recent IPS Publication Scrutinises the Spice Sector of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has identified the spice sector as one of the key sectors for achieving better export performance in future due to the high demand in the export market.

Towards an Asian Narrative on Tax Justice and Financial Transparency

IPS Research Assistant, Chathurga Karunanayake, was a discussant at the roundtable discussion on ‘Towards an Asian Narrative on Tax Justice and Financial Transparency’, held on the 29 – 30 October 2018 in New Delhi, India.

IPS Hosts Consultation Workshop to Identify Innovative Agricultural Technologies in South Asia

IPS hosted the Regional Consultation Workshop for Formulation of Enabling Policy Recommendations and Project Concept for Popularization of Innovative Agricultural Technologies in South Asia from 29 – 31 October 2018 in Colombo.

Meeting with Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure, and Foreign Employment

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, met Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure, and Foreign Employment, Mr. Chulananda Perera to present a copy of the IPS study Regulating Sub Agents for Better Migration from Sri Lanka.

Manoj Thibbotuwawa Speaks at the Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, highlighted the importance of mainstreaming climate change adaptation in to agricultural policies.

IPS Executive Director Comments on Sri Lanka’s Current Economic Outlook

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, recently warned that risks to the Sri Lankan economy in the coming years were going to be more challenging.

IPS Draws Attention to the Current Economic Outlook at ‘State of the Economy’ Report Launch

Despite positive elements in the in Sri Lanka’s macroeconomic environment, economic growth has remained sluggish, at under 4% for six consecutive quarters, while debt accumulation has been accelerating, pointed out IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon.

IPS Researcher Discusses Sri Lanka’s Status on SDGs

IPS Research Officer, Chinthani Sooriyamudali, recently discussed Sri Lanka’s status and issues with regard to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 on reducing inequalities.

Bringing Skilled Foreign Workers into Sri Lanka: Is it a Viable Option?

Sri Lanka is currently facing labour shortages and demographic and labour market dynamics show that this issue will persist in the near future, observed IPS Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, recently.

Bilesha Weeraratne Speaks at the National Multi-sector Policy Forum on Labour Migration

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanization, Bilesha Weeraratne, highlighted the importance of balancing the emphasis on skilled labour migration, with the demand for skilled labour in the local labour market in Sri Lanka.

Janaka Wijayasiri Serves as a Judge in the Annual NCE Export Awards

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, served as a member of the Panel of Judges at the 26th Annual National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka’s (NCE) Export Awards.

Implementation Issues Concerning the National Single Window for Trade in Sri Lanka

Political commitment is considered to be a key success factor in the National Single Window (NSW) implementation.

IPS Director of Research Highlights the Need for Better Labour Market Information

Better labour market information is essential for planning human resources to meet the ever changing demands of the labour market, IPS Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, noted recently.

Recent IPS Study Takes a Closer Look at Manufacturing Sector Investments in Sri Lanka

A recent study by the IPS revealed that, although Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to Sri Lanka have ‘recovered’ in 2017, the underlying bottlenecks have prevented Sri Lanka from ushering in optimal FDI gains throughout the post-war period.

Sri Lankan Farmers Need Localised Climate Forecasts to Battle Climate Change: IPS

Climate change and climate uncertainty has increased the demand for climate information products (CIPs) in Sri Lanka, an expert pointed out recently.

Upgrading Human Capital and Skills Development for Future Asia

ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2018, centered on the theme ‘Upgrading Human Capital and Skills Development for Future Asia’, was held at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, on 22-23 August 2018.

Kithmina Hewage Discusses the Merits and Demerits of FTAs

Participating in the Biz1st ‘Face the Nation’ (FTN) live panel discussion, broadcast over TV1 (formerly MTV Sports) on 20 August 2018, IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, debated whether Free Trade Agreements Sri Lanka has signed and those in the pipeline will bring doom or prosperity to Sri Lanka.

People to People Connectivity through Multi-sectoral Engagement

IPS Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, was a discussant to the session on ‘People to People Connectivity through Multi-sectoral Engagement’ of the Delhi Policy Group Regional Conference on Advancing BIMSTEC Cooperation.

Sri Lanka Needs to Refocus its Migration Policy Priorities: IPS

Economic impact of immigration, human trafficking and forced labour, reintegration of migrant workers, debt as a driver of migration, education standards of children left behind by migrants, and health of migrant workers are some of the key areas where there are gaps in research and policy, a recent Policy Engagement Forum on Migration, identified.

IPS Researchers Discusses the Operational Models for Sri Lanka

IPS recently highlighted the importance of articulating the different options for the operations model of the National Single Window (NSW) at the beginning of the project, given that such decisions will determine the source of funding and fees charged for the services provided by the operator.

Athula Senaratne Discusses the Impact of Climate Change on the Economy

Climate change is a gradual process and the economic impacts are felt in the long-term; as a result, Sri Lanka’s understanding and preparedness to face these slow-onset impacts are relatively low, pointed out IPS Research Fellow, Athula Senaratne, recently.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Rights of Female Migrants

Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to protect the rights of migrant workers, especially female domestic workers, and one such important measure the pre-departure training provided by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), noted IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne.

IPS Wins Bronze in BestWeb.lk 2018 ‘Nonprofit Category’

IPS website bagged the bronze medal in the ‘Nonprofit’ category of the BestWeb.lk 2018 contest organized by the LK Domain Registry for the eighth time to recognise the best websites in Sri Lanka.

Need to Transform SL’s foreign Finances from Loans to Investments”, PM Says at Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference

Delivering the Keynote Address at the Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference, Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, noted that Sri Lanka has to address weaknesses in trade competitiveness, eliminate trade barriers, tackle anti-dumping legislation, and help domestic industries become competitive.

The First Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant Awarded to Thisali de Silva

The first Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant was awarded to Thisali de Silva, a student of the University of Colombo.

Saman Kelegama Memorial Lecture on Opportunities and Challenges for Stability and Growth

Delivering the inaugural Saman Kelegama Memorial Lecture, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy noted that Dr. Kelegama was an embodiment of many qualities, both professional and human.

“Proposed BIMSTEC FTA Needs to be More Comprehensive in its Coverage of Trade”

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, argued that the long overdue BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement (FTA) should offer more opportunities than what Sri Lanka already obtains through existing FTAs in the region if the agreement is to be of relevance to Sri Lanka.

IPS Highlights the Need for an IP Policy for Sri Lanka

Protection for Intellectual Property (IP) is vital to support growth and stimulate innovation in developing countries, provided that they are implemented at the right time – and Sri Lanka is at the right stage in development to formulate and implement such a policy, highlighted Executive Director of IPS, Dushni Weerakoon.

Kanchana Wickramasinghe Highlights the Importance of Agri Insurance to Protect Farmers

IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, pointed out that "natural disaster incidence has increased as of late and dry zone, paddy farmers are particularly vulnerable."

IPS Executive Director Highlights WTO Issues of Interest to Commonwealth Asian Countries

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, attended the Commonwealth-CII Consultation on Multilateral, Regional and Emerging Trade Issues for Asia on 05 – 06 June 2018, in New Delhi, India.

Stakeholder Consultation Meetings on Formulation of Intellectual Property Policy for Sri Lanka

The IPS, together with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) of Sri Lanka, organised a series of stakeholder consultation meetings relating to the study on “Formulation of Intellectual Property (IP) Policy for Sri Lanka”.

IPS Researchers Highlight the Governance Mechanism for Sri Lanka’s National Single Window

The setting up of a Steering Committee for the National Single Window (NSW) is of the utmost importance for a timely build and implementation of the NSW project in Sri Lanka, pointed out IPS recently.

IPS Policy Engagement Forum Highlights Challenges in Battling Climate Change

One of the major challenges when it comes to battling the negative impacts of climate change is bridging the climate information gaps, said noted an expert at a recent Policy Engagement Forum organised by the IPS.

Bilesha Weeraratne Speaks on the Need for a Framework to Govern Inbound Migrant Workers

Speaking on News First Prime Time English News, IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, argued that it is crucial to have a policy framework in place to ensure the quality of inbound migrant workers.

Kithmina Hewage Dissects Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement on ‘Face the Nation’

Speaking on Biz1st ‘Face the Nation’ (FTN) live panel discussion, broadcast over TV1 (formerly MTV Sports) on 14 May 2018, IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, dissected the pertinent elements of the Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA).

IPS Research Fellows Present Publication on Migration to Secretary of Foreign Affairs

IPS Research Fellows, Bilesha Weeraratne and Janaka Wijayasiri, met Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam, to present a copy of the IPS study ‘Cost of Low-Skilled Migration to Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Malaysia: Value Chain Analysis.’

IPS Executive Director Calls for Fresh Rethinking of the Proposed BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, recently argued for a fresh rethinking of the proposed BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Shadow Education and the Rat Race for Human Capital

In many Asian countries, it is normal for students to receive some form of private tutoring alongside formal schooling; in Sri Lanka too, shadow education (or tuition) is a social norm.

IPS Researchers Highlight School-level Factors Hindering Sri Lanka’s Secondary Education

IPS Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, and IPS Research Officer, Ashani Abayasekara, recently pointed out that Sri Lanka’s secondary level education outcomes are constrained by several school-level factors.

Reforms Imperative to Resolve Structural and Institutional Bottlenecks

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Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2018: Call for Proposals (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 07 MAY 2018!)

IPS is pleased to announce the first call for proposals for the Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant.

IPS Executive Director Delivers Paper on Sri Lanka’s Post-war Economic Development

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, delivered a paper on ‘Sri Lanka: Post-war Economic Development in a Changing Global Landscape’ at the 12th ISAS International Conference on South Asia.

Functional Scope of the National Single Window for Trade in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, recently pointed out that Sri Lanka does not currently have the facility for single submission to fulfill all import/export related activities.

“Insights on an Irreplaceable Icon”: Professional Manager Commemorates late Dr. Kelegama

A special issue of the Professional Manager - a collection of articles commemorating the illustrious life of late Dr. Saman Kelegama - was launched on 03 April 2018 at the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium of IPS.

IPS Researchers Discuss the Key Obstacles Facing Sri Lanka’s Economic Reform Agenda

IPS Researchers Kithmina Hewage and Harini Weerasekera sat down with TV1 (formerly MTV Sports) Biz1st Review 360, to discuss the key obstacles facing Sri Lanka’s economic reform agenda, on 30 March 2018.

Global Value Chains and Standards for Trade in Asia

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, remarked that the tea industry in Sri Lanka, which is predominately export oriented, is increasingly governed by strict and complex standards.

Policy Engagement Forum on Trade Research Hosted by IPS

Dr. Wijayasiri spoke at the Policy Engagement Forum on Trade Research, hosted by IPS, on 27 March 2018.

Science, Technology and Innovation for Development

IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, participated in the 18th Global Development Conference of the Global Development Network (GDN), on 'Science, Technology and Innovation for Development.’

Sri Lanka to Promote Smallholder Agribusiness Partnerships (SAP)

As a part of the government’s Vision 2025, Sri Lanka will promote smallholder agribusiness partnerships (SAP), said Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is Doing Well but Not Well Enough, Shows Doing Good Index

Sri Lanka is doing well but not well enough with regard to social work and philanthropy shows the inaugural Doing Good Index 2018 (DGI), compiled by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS).

IPS Researcher Highlights the Effectiveness of Index-based Insurance to Manage Weather Risks

IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, recently highlighted the problems that farmers face due to uncertainties in the weather conditions in Sri Lanka.

Bilesha Weeraratne Highlights Positive Impact of MathCloud Initiative in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, made a presentation on the Impact Evaluation of MathCloud in Sri Lanka, at the South Asia Regional Symposium on ICT for Education.

IPS New Thinkers’ Symposium Highlights Macroeconomic Stability as Top Policy Priority for Sri Lanka

Balancing competing interests when implementing economic policy is a challenge for the Sri Lankan government, a top government minister recently said.

Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, made a presentation on the preliminary findings of her ongoing study on Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka, at the Partner Exchange Platform on Ethical Recruitment.

Kanchana Wickramasinghe Discusses Climate Resilient Agriculture and its Impact on Inflation

In the Sunday Observer article on tackling the cost of living in Sri Lanka, IPS Research Economist Kanchana Wickramasinghe discussed how climate resilient agriculture can keep inflation down.

Institutions, Governance, and Trade in the Context of Emerging Global and Regional Challenges

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, recently spoke on the importance of institutions, governance, and trade in the context of emerging global and regional challenges.

IPS Research Economist Highlights Sri Lanka’s Fight Against Drug Abuse

In an interview with World Politics Review, IPS Research Economist Sunimalee Madurawala discussed Sri Lanka’s current drug policies and challenges ahead.

TTI RM7 Highlights Sustainability Challenges Faced by Southern Think Tanks

IPS Executive Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, recently highlighted the contribution of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) to building research leadership, seeding new areas, recruiting exemplary staff and re-defining issues in new areas of work such as on measuring urbanization in Sri Lanka.

Winter School Programme for Think-tankers

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, participated in the Winterschool for Think-tankers 2018, organized by The Think Tank Hub Geneva and Foraus.

Precarious Employment Practices in Sri Lanka and Protecting Labour Rights

As of 2013, out of the total wage employees, 56% were in precarious employment – ie: temporary/casual workers or workers without a permanent employer, noted IPS Research Economist, Priyanka Jayawardena recently.

IPS Highlights the Importance of Developing Skills in Sri Lankan Graduates

While Sri Lanka has been performing well at the primary education level, significant policy gaps exist when it comes to secondary and tertiary education, IPS revealed recently.

IPS Researchers Discuss Trade and Investment Implications of the SL – Singapore FTA

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri and IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, discussed the benefits of the Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA).

Preliminary Findings on Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, made a presentation on the preliminary findings of her ongoing study on Recruitment Intermediaries in the Foreign Employment Industry in Sri Lanka at the Ministry of Foreign Employment on 25 January 2018.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pays tribute to late Dr. Saman Kelegama

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to late Dr. Saman Kelegama, former Executive Director of IPS.

Singapore and Sri Lanka: Partners in a Fast Growing Region

Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, S. Iswaran, was optimistic about the new trade and investment avenues opened up by the SLSFTA, during the ISAS Colombo Colloquium, co-hosted by IPS, on 23 January 2018.

“Stability Reigns but Sri Lanka might Stay in Chains” warns IPS Executive Director

Strong macro-stabilisation efforts characterised Sri Lanka’s economic policy in 2017, but Sri Lanka is expected to enter a critical phase of its economic reforms this year, IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, noted.

Bilesha Weeraratne Speaks on the Recruitment of Migrant Workers

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, attended the First International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS), at the OECD Conference Center in Paris, France on 15 – 16 January 2018.

IPS Researcher Analyses Quality Constraints in Cinnamon Value Chain in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Officer, Dilani Hirimuthugodage, speaking on cinnamon production, recently highlighted the importance of maintaining quality standards at each level of cinnamon value chain.

IPS Researcher Highlights the Importance of Developing Micro-insurance as a Risk Coping Mechanism

IPS Research Officer, Samanthi Bandara, recently highlighted the importance of developing micro-finance as a risk coping mechanism for the poor in rural areas.

Kithmina Hewage Discusses Feasibility of Free Trade Agreements

Speaking on Biz1st Infocus, broadcast over TV1 (formerly MTV Sports) on 09 January 2018, IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, discussed the potential advantages of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Malaysia.

Bridging the Climate Information and Communication Gaps for Effective Adaptation Decisions

IPS Research Fellow, Athula Senaratne, recently noted that gaps in information, technology, and policy are some of the main challenges in tackling climate change and pointed out that farmers in Sri Lanka are especially vulnerable to climate information gaps.