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NISHA ARUNATILAKE, PhD, Research Fellow   

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nisha proNisha is an Economist with over 15 years of research experience. Her research and publications have covered various dimensions of development, especially the areas of education, labour, employment, health and social protection. She has published in peer reviewed journals both nationally and internationally.


She has collaborated with, and has been a consultant to different organizations including the World Bank; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Asian Development Bank (ADB); Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI); International Labour Organization (ILO), in numerous research studies. She has served in National Level Committees on labour, employment, human resource development, health sector reform, and tobacco and alcohol policy formulation. 


Nisha Arunatilake holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics with summa cum laude from the University of the South, USA and an MA and PhD in Economics from Duke University, USA.

 

 

  ¦  Government of Sri Lanka ¦ 
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National Steering Committee on Formulation of the National Human Resource and Employment Policy
Member of the Committee
September, 2011 onwards

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National Data Committee
Representing IPS
September, 2011, onwards

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National Advisory Committee on Manpower Planning
Member of the Committee
Ministry of Employment and Labour
2008 - 2010

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Working Committee for Developing an Employment Policy for Sri Lanka
Member of the Committee
Ministry of Employment and Labour
April - May 2007

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Sub-Committee on Employment, Labour, Productivity and Human Resources Development
Member of the Committee
Ministry of Policy Development
April 2002

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  ¦  International Organizations ¦ 
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Inter-Country Expert Group Meeting on Globalization, Trade and Health: Tools and Training for National Action
Member
WHO/South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO)
New Delhi, India
2000

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Arunatilake, N. (2015). Impact of Migration and Remittances on Social Mobility in Sri Lanka. In Kim, Taejong and Mulakala, Anthea, Social Mobility: Experiences and Lessons from Asia. Sejong-si: The Korea Development Institute. 

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Arunatilake, N. (2014). Book Review: Angela W. Little and Siri T. Hettige, Globalization, Employment and Education in Sri Lanka—Opportunity and Division. South Asia Economic Journal, 15(2), 343-348.

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Arunatilake, N., 2013, “Politics of Education Reform and Other Essays – Book Review”Sri Lanka Journal of Economics Research, Vol. 1, No.1, p 169- 174.

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Arunatilake N, P. Jayawardena, A. Wijesinha, 2012, “Tax Reforms in Sri Lanka – Will a Tax on Public Servants Improve Progressivity?”  PEP Working paper 2012-13 Tax reforms in Sri Lanka: will a tax on public servants improve progressivity? Partnership for Economic Policy. Laval, Canada.

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UNDP, 2012,Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012”, UNDP, Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Lead author).

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Weerakoon, D.and N. Arunatilake, 2011, Macroeconomic policy for full and productive employment and decent work for all: Sri Lanka country study. Employment Sector. Employment Working Paper No. 110. International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Arunatilake, N., 2011, “Precarious Work in Sri Lanka” American Behavioral Scientist Vol. 57 No. 4. Published online before print, April 13, 2013,( doi: 10.1177/0002764212466246) p 488-506.

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Vodopivec M. and Arunatilake, N., 2011, “Ageing and Labour Market Participation of Oldworkers in Sri Lanka”Journal of Population Ageing.Vol 4(3). P.141-163. Advanced online Publication. (DOI) 10.1007/s12062-011-9045-5

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Arunatilake, N., P. Jayawardena, 2011, “Equity in Education and Health Services in Sri Lanka” in “Equity and Well-Being: Measurement and Policy Practice” edited by Hyun Hwa Son., Routledge, Oxon. 

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Arunatilake, N., Priyanka Jayawardena, and Dushni Weerakoon, 2011, "Sri Lanka: Migration, Remittances and Development " in "Migration Remittances and Development in South Asia" edited by Saman Kelegama, Sage publishers, New Delhi.

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Arunatilake, N. and P. Jayawardena, 2010, “Explaining Labor Market Imbalance in Sri Lanka – Evidence from Jobsnet Data” in “The Challenges of Youth Employment in Sri Lanka” (Eds.) Gunatilake, R., M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec, The World Bank, Washington, D.C. and The International Labour Organization, Geneva.

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Arunatilake, N. and P. Jayawardena, 2010, “Labour Market Trends and Outcomes in Sri Lanka” in “The Challenges of Youth Employment in Sri Lanka” (Eds.) Gunatilake, R., M. Mayer, and M. Vodopivec, The World Bank, Washington, D.C. and The International Labour Organization, Geneva. 

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Arunatilake, N. And P. Jayawardena, 2010, “Why People Choose to Participate in the Informal Sector in Sri Lanka”, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 53, No.2, p 225-250.

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Arunatilake, N. and P. Jayawardena, (2010) “Formula Funding and Decentralized Management of Schools Has it Improved Resource Allocation in Schools in Sri Lanka?”, International Journal of Educational Development, Vol.30, No.1, (2010) 44-53. 

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“Sri Lanka” (with S. Jayasuriya, N. Arunatilaka and P. Steele) in Jayasuriya, S., and P. McCawley (eds.), The Asian Tsunami: Aid and Reconstruction after a Disaster, Edward Elgar and Asian Development Bank Institute, 2010.

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Review: “Labour Markets Regulation and Deregulation in Asia (Experience in Recent Decades)” in Caroline Brassard and Sarthi Acharya (eds.), South Asia Economic Journal, Vol. 9 No. 1, 2008.

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“Analysis of the Fisheries Sector in Sri Lanka” (with Asha Gunawardena, Dilhani Marawila, Parakrama Samaratunga, Athula Senaratne, and Manoj Thibbotuwawa), USAID Micro Report #100, 2008. http://www.microlinks.org/ev02.php?ID=23635_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

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“Will Formula Based Funding and Decentralized Management Improve School Level Resources in Sri Lanka?” (with Priyanka Jayawardena), PMMA Working Paper 2008 – 12, Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network, 2008.
http://www.pep-net.org/NEW-PEP/Group/papers/papers/PMMA-2008-12.pdf 

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"The Impact of Population Aging on the Labor Market: The Case of Sri Lanka" (with Milan Vodopivec), IZA Discussion Paper No. 3456, 2008.

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“Issues Relating to Preventing of Child Labour in Sri Lanka” (with R. de Silva) in Gamini Herath et al. (eds.), Child Labour in South Asia, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Burlington, U.S.A., 2007.

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“Economic Challenges of Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Sri Lanka”(with D. Weerakoon, S. Jayasuriya and P. Steele), ADBI Discussion Paper No. 75, 2006.

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“Education Participation in Sri Lanka – Why All are Not in School”, International Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 45 No. 3, 2006.

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Arunatilake N. and de Silva R., 2005, “Overview of Education Budgeting and Resource Allocation Processes in Sri Lanka”, http://www.common wealtheducationfund.org/srilanka.html, Commonwealth Education Fund.

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Arunatilake N.,, 2005, “Economic Consequences of Internal Conflict” in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Sri Lanka Edited by V.R. Raghavan and Karl Fischer, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi.

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“The Economics of Tobacco in Sri Lanka” (with M. Opatha), Economics of Tobacco Control, Health, Nutrition and Population Discussion Paper No. 12, World Bank, Washington, D.C, U.S.A., 2003.

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“An Economic Analysis of Tobacco Demand in Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2002.

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“The Effect of Housing on Labour Performance in Estates”, Programme Support Group, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka, 2002. 

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Arunatilake N.,, 2001 “Economic Impacts of Estate Welfare Programmes” in Human Perspectives in the Plantation Sector Eds Kamphuis H.E.B. and B. Sivaram, Programme Support Group, Battaramulla. 

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“The Economic Costs of the Sri Lankan Civil War: The Case of Sri Lanka" (with S. Jayasuriya and S. Kelegama), World Development, Vol. 29 No. 9, 2001.

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“Economic Impacts of Estate Welfare Programmes” in H.E.B. Kamphuis (eds.), Human Perspectives in the Plantation Sector, Programme Support Group, Battaramulla, 2001.

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“Effectiveness in Improving Estate Labour Performance”, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 2, No.1, 2001.

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“Would a Reduction in Trade Barriers Promote Intra-SAARC Trade? – A Sri Lankan Perspective” (with P. Rajapakse), Journal of Asian Economics, Vol.8 No.1, 1997.

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'Asian Approaches to Social Mobility Experience, Lessons and Opportunities for Cooperation'

Organized by CEPA in collaboration with the Asia Foundation and the Korean Development Institute (KDI)
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
August 21, 2014

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Impact of Migration and Social Mobility in Sri Lanka

 

Workshop on Social Mobility: Experiences and Lessons from Asia,
Seoul, Korea
November 24-25, 2014

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Labour Practices in Sri Lanka

 

ICRIER-World Bank Conference on Jobs for Development: Challenges and Solutions
India Habitat Centre
New Delhi
1 -2 December 2014

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Workshop to Commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004

 

Organized by the Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SPARC) of the University of Colombo
Galle Face Hotel
Colombo
5 December 2014

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Social Mobility:Experiences and Lessons from Asia

Seoul
Korea
24 – 25 November 2014

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Return and Reintegration of Migrant Workers - Lessons Learnt and Strategizing

Workshop Organized by the ILO
Galle Face Hotel
Colombo
30 -31 October 2014

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Google Hangout on "Inclusive Development through Jobs"

 

Organized by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICREA)

Jobs Knowledge Platform (JKP) website – www.jobsknowledge.org

Managed by World Bank Headquarters

 24th September 2014

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Workshop on “Asian Approaches to Social Mobility Experience, Lessons and Opportunities for Cooperation”

Cinnamon Grand
21 August 2014

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Migration and Social Mobility in Sri Lanka

 

Symposium on 'Asian Approaches to Social Mobility Experience, Lessons and Opportunities for Cooperation'

 Organized by CEPA in collaboration with the Asia Foundation and the Korean Development Institute (KDI)

Colombo

21 -22 August 2014

 

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Sixth South Asia Economic Summit

‘Mind the Gap: Addressing Gender Disparities'
Organized by IPS
2-4 December 2013

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Regional Consultation on the Sri Lanka National Human Development Report

 

Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development

Organized by UNDP

Batticaloa District Secretariat

Batticaloa

December 2013

 

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Presentation on Middle Class

 

IPS Annual Conference

Organized by IPS

IPS auditorium

24 October 2013

 

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Regional Consultation on the Sri Lanka National Human Development Report 

 

Bridging Regional Disparities for Human Development

Organized by UNDP

Uva District Secretariat

Badulla

3 October 2013

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Meeting the Challenges of Demographic Changes and Skills Gap

 

Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Challenges of Skills Development in the 21st Century

Organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Cinnamon Grand

11 July 2013 

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National Human Development Report Sri Lanka

“Bridging Disparities for Human Development”
Launch of the NHDR
IPS Auditorium
5 October 2012

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Skills and Productivity to Compete in the Global Market

Sri Lankan Economic Summit
‘Positioning Sri Lanka in the Global Economy',
Organized by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Cinnamon Grand
12 July 2012

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Applying Multidimensional Measures of Poverty

 

CEPA open Forum on 'Measurement of Poverty in Sri Lanka'

Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies

 Colombo 7

22 May 2012

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Precarious Work in Sri Lanka

 

Workshop on Precarious Work in Asia

Organized by University of Chapel Hill

Carolina Asia Center (Arne Kalleberg and Kevin Hewison)

University of Chapel Hill

North Carolina

USA

27-28 February 2012 

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A Social Protection Floor for South Asia?

Third Ministerial Meeting of the UNESCO Forum of Ministers in Charge of Social Development from
South Asia, organized by UNESCO and the Ministry of Social Services,
Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo,
20-22 February, 2011

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Migration and Remittances: Recent Sri Lanka Experience

“Technical Workshop on Cross-Border Labour Mobility and Remittances in South Asia”,
organized by the World Bank,
Hilton, Colombo,
13 June, 2011

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Precarious Work in Sri Lanka

"Precarious Work in Asia" workshop organized by Chung-Ang University (South Korea) and the University of North Carolina (USA)
Chung-Ang,
19-20 July, 2011

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Macroeconomic Policy for Full and Productive Employment and Decent Work for All – Sri Lanka Case Study

 

Employment Policy Knowledge Sharing Workshop on

Pro-employment Macro Economic Frameworks, Sectoral Strategies for Employment Creation and the Informal Economy

Organized by ILO

Geneva

20-23 September 2011

 

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Current and Future Trends on Migration in Sri Lanka – Importance of Data and Research

Workshop on "Towards a Better Governance of Labour Migration: Global Trends and National Realities",
organized by ILO, Colombo
10 September, 2011

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Human Resources Planning, Development, Management and Productivity

 

National Technical Workshop on the formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy

Hotel Taj Samudra,

Organized by the Secretariat for Senior Ministers

13 - 14th October 2011

 

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Poverty and Human Development

 

UN poverty day conference on "From Poverty to Sustainability - Putting People at the Centre of Inclusive Development"

Organized by IPS, UNDP and the Ministry of Economic Development

IPS Auditorium

17 October 2011

 

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Making Everyone Work for Growth: Creating a Winning Workforce

IPS SOE conference
IPS Auditorium
Colombo
19 October 2011

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Distributional Impacts of Tax Changes

International Conference on Taxation & Development in Sri Lanka –
‘Pulling Ourselves Up: Taxation, State-building, and Away from Aid’
organized by IPS,
Ceylon Continental Hotel,
Colombo,
3 - 4 November, 2011

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Ageing in Sri Lanka

“Ageing in Sri Lanka”,
organized, by the Big Issue Sri Lanka,
Galadari Hotel, Colombo,
21 October, 2011

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Will Formula Based Funding and Decentralized Management Improve School Level Resources?

ADB Head Quarters, Manila
27 April, 2010

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Equity in the Delivery of Education Services in Sri Lanka

Regional meeting on the Equity in the Delivery of Public Services in Selected Developing Member Countries,
ADB Head Quarters, Manila
26 April, 2010.

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Aging and the Labour Market of Sri Lanka

South Asia regional conference on
"Demographic Scenarios, Employment and Social Security Issues of Aged in South Asia" organized by Institute of Economic Growth (Delhi) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (India)
Hotel Claridges
10-11 November, 2009

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Will School Level Decision Making Improve Access to Better Education for the Poor in Sri Lanka?

6th PEP Research Network General Meeting organized by the PEP Network
Lima, Peru
11-16 June, 2007

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Education Participation in Sri Lanka: Why All are Not in School

Global Development Network Conference on “Education Research for Developing Countries”
Prague, Czech Republic
31 March – 2 April, 2005 

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Why People Choose to Participate in the Informal Sector in Sri Lanka

Global Development Network Workshop on “Labour Markets in low-Income Countries”
Dakar, Senegal
23 January, 2005

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Economic Consequences of the War in Sri Lanka

“Conflict Resolution and Peace Building” conducted by the Centre for Security Analysis
Chennai, India
10 – 11 December, 2004

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The Energy Sector in Sri Lanka: Implications for Regional Cooperation

“Regional Cooperation in the Energy Sector"
Dhaka, Bangaldesh
17-18, March 2001

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“Will School Level Decision Making Improve Access to Better Education for the Poor in Sri Lanka?” (with P. Jayawardena) prepared for and funded by the Poverty and Economic Policy Research (PEP) Network, 2007.

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“Population Ageing and the Labour Market: The Case of Sri Lanka” (with M. Vodopivec) prepared for and funded by the World Bank, 2007. 

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“Why People Choose to Participate in the Informal Sector in Sri Lanka” prepared for and funded by the South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI), 2005. 

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“Economic Challenges of Post Tsunami Reconstruction: Sri Lanka Country Study” (with D. Weerakoon, S. Jayasuriya and P. Steele) prepared for and funded by Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), 2007. 

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“Using Jobsnet data for analyzing Skills Mismatch in the Labour Market” (with P. Jayawardena) prepared for the National Action Plan for Youth Employment – Sri Lanka, and funded by World Bank, 2007.

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“Listening to those who Lost: Survey and Analysis of Rebuilding and Relocation of Tsunami affected Households in Sri Lanka” (with P. Steele, A. Gunawardena, D.Dharmaratna, and I. Siriwardena) prepared for and funded by World Bank, 2005.

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“Overview of Education and Resource Allocation Process in Sri Lanka” (with R. de Silva) prepared for and funded by the Commonwealth Education Fund – Sri Lanka and Save the Children in Sri Lanka, 2005. 

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“Social Insurance and Social Assistance Post Tsunami” (with P. Steele, G. Tilakaratne and K. Wickramasinghe) prepared for and funded by International Labour Organization (ILO), 2006. 

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