IPS research on Poverty and Vulnerability examines the causes and determinants of socio-economic disparities across sectors and regions of Sri Lanka. A rapid population ageing, high levels of informality in the workforce, higher unemployment among youth and the educated, amongst others, are factors that impinge on social protection and skills and livelihood development through access to quality financial services for equitable growth outcomes. In addressing these challenges, recommended policies and programmes also need to be cognizant of SDG objectives and targets for the country.

Presentations
2016

Presentation on “Social Inclusion in Sri Lanka: Poverty and Ageing’” at the Sri Lanka Economic Forum 2016 on “Steering Sri Lanka towards Sustainable and Inclusive Development”, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo, 7 – 8 January.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presentation on “Food-Based-Safety Nets in Sri Lanka: Evolution and Transition to Cash Transfers” at a workshop on “Food-Based Safety Nets”, organized by the World Bank, Washingtion D. C., USA, 14 – 16 March.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

2015

Presentation on “Social Protection and the MDGs in Sri Lanka: Implications for the Post 2015 Development Agenda” at the “Southern Voice Research Conference”, organised by the Southern Voice on Post-MDGs in association with Think Tank Initiative (TTI), Istanbul, Turkey, 16 and 17 February.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presentation on “Multiple Borrowing in the Microfinance Sector in Sri Lanka” at the “52nd Open Forum on Poverty”, organized by the Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, 31 March.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presentation on “Social Protection and Labour Market Outcomes: Evidence from Sri Lanka” at the international conference on “South Asian Economic Development: The Way Forward”, organised by the Faculty of Economics at the South Asian University, New Delhi, India, 10 and 11 April.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presentation on “Financial Inclusion in Sri Lanka: Current Status and Issues” at the workshop on “Understanding Financial Inclusion in Asia”, organised by the Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Centre on Asia and Globalization (CAG), at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY-SPP), National University of Singapore, Hong Kong, 20 and 21 May.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presented the “Detailed Outline of the Sri Lanka Poverty Assessment Report” (under the ADB – Sri Lanka Country Partnership Strategy 2017-2021), ADB Office, Colombo, 8 July.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Discussant in the session on “Education, Skills and Social Protection in South Asia” in the international conference on “Meeting the Challenges of Employment and Inclusive Growth in South Asia”, organized by the South Asia Research Network on Employment and Social Protection for Inclusive Growth (SARNET) in collaboration with the UN-ESCAP, ILO, IDRC and IHD, New Delhi, India, 24 and 25 October.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presentation on “Social Protection for Informal Sector Workers in Sri Lanka” at the 2nd Social Protection Forum Asia on “Social Protection in the Informal Sector-Incentive or Hindrance to Formalization?”, organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Bangkok, Thailand, 27 and 28 October.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presentation on “Food Based Safety Net Programs in Sri Lanka” at the Authors’ Workshop on “Food Based Safety Nets”, organized by the World Bank, World Bank Office, Washington DC, USA, 19 and 20 November.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Panelist to a session on “SDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda: South Asian Perspectives” at the “8th South Asia Economic Summit”, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Pakistan, 07 and 08 December.

 
(By: Dushni Weerakoon)

2014

Made a presentation on “Microfinance as a Tool for Empowering the Conflict Affected Communities” at the seminar on Microfinance for Conflict affected Communities’ organised by the Pathfunder Foundation, BMICH, 10 January.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presented the research proposal on “Why Poverty has Increased in Monaragala” to the Chief Secretary and other officials of the Uva Provincial Council, 15 October.

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)

Presented the country paper on “Social Protection in Sri Lanka” at the international conference on “Meeting the Challenges of Employment and Social Protection in South Asia”, New Delhi, India, 14 to 16 De

(By: Ganga Tilakaratna)