Research

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.

Research
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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 Tilakaratne)

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 December.
(By: Ganga Tilakaratne)

Publications

Social Protection in Sri Lanka: Current Status and Effect on Labor Market Outcomes
Ganga Tilakaratna, Sahan Jayawardena
2015

Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2014 Sri Lanka
IPS Research Team
2015

Social Protection and the MDGs in Sri Lanka: Implications for the Post-2015 Agenda
Ganga Tilakaratna
2015

Financial Inclusion, Regulation, and Education in Sri Lanka Saman Kelegama,
Ganga Tilakaratna
2014

Youth & Development Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Sri Lankan Youth
IPS Research Team
2014

Microinsurance in Sri Lanka: Combating Multiple and Overlapping Vulnerabilities
Ayodaya Galappattige, Roshini Jayaweera and Ganga Tilakaratne
2011

Targeting and Distribution of Post-Disaster Aid: A Case of the Fishery Sector in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka
Asha Gunawardena
2010

Millennium Development Goals (English/Sinhala/Tamil)
IPS/NCED/UNDP
2010

Disaster Management Policy and Practice in Sri Lanka: Sharing Lessons among Government IPS
2007

Annotated Bibliography in Microfinance in Sri Lanka (1980-2005)
Ganga Tilakaratna, Ayodaya Galappattige and Thusitha Kumara
2006

Livelihoods in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka: “Building Back Better” (English)
2006

Livelihoods in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka: “Building Back Better” (Sinhala)
Paul Steele
2006

Paul Steele
2006

Microfinance in Sri Lanka: A Household Level Analysis of Outreach and Impact on Poverty Ganga Tilakaratna, Upali Wickremasinghe and Thusitha Kumara
2005

Phoenix from the Ashes? Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Post Tsunami, Sri Lanka
Paul Steele
2005

Impact of Trade Liberalization on Poverty and Household Welfare in Sri Lanka
Sanath Jayanetti
2005

Towards a Poverty Free South Asia Our Future Our Responsibility
ISACPA Report
2005

Towards a Poverty Free South Asia Our Future Our Responsibility
ISACPA Report (Sinhala / Tamil Translations)
2005

Governance Issues in Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka
Shelton Wanasinghe
2004

Review of Literature Linking Macroeconomic Policies to Household Welfare in Sri Lanka
Niranjana Gunetilleke
2000

Review of Poverty Related Data and Data Sources In Sri Lanka
Indra Tudawe
2000

The Integrated Rural Development Programme in Sri Lanka:Lessons of Experience for Poverty Reduction
Ramani Gunatilaka and Tushara Williams
1999

How Successful is Samurdhi’s Savings and Credit Programme in Reaching the Poor in Sri Lanka?
Ramani Gunatilaka and Rozana Salih
1999

Rural Poverty and an Agrarian Crisis in Sri Lanka,1985/95: Making Sense of the Picture David Dunham and Chris Edwards
1997

Credit Based, Participatory Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Sri Lanka: What Have We Learned?
Ramani Gunatilaka
1997

Sri Lankan Welfare State: Retrospect & Prospect
Laksiri Jayasuriya
1995

Identification of the Poor In Sri Lanka: Development of Composite Indicator and Regional Poverty Line
K. A. P. Siddhisena and M.D.R.K. Jayatilaka

“Financial Inclusion, Regulation and Education in Sri Lanka”, ADBI Working Paper Series, No. 504 (November 2014) (with Ganga Tilakaratna).
Kelegama, S.,
2014

“SAARC’s Encounter with Poverty Alteration: Looking Back to Look Beyond” in D. Bhattacharya and M. Rahman (eds.), Global Recovery, New Risks and Sustainable Growth: Repositioning South Asia, CPD, Publication, Bangladesh.
Kelegama, S. (2012)
2012

“Productivity and Labour Cost in Manufacturing Industries: Sri Lanka” (with Prematilake Samararatne and Malathy Knight-John), SAAT Working Papers, 1999, ILO, New Delhi, India.
Kelegama, S.,
1999

“Sri Lanka” in Jayasuriya, S.,and P. McCawley (eds.), The Asian Tsunami: Aid and Reconstruction After a Disaster, Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute and Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Weerakoon, D., S. Jayasuriya, N. Arunatilake and P. Steele (2010),
2010

“Effectiveness of Welfare Programmes in Improving Estate Performance in Sri Lanka.
Arunatilake, N.,
2000

“Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2014 Sri Lanka”, United Nations Development Programme Sri Lanka, (2015), UNDP, Colombo.
Tilakaratne, G. and S. Madurawala
2015

“Microfinance and Multiple Borrowing in Sri Lanka: Another Microcredit Bubble in South Asia”, South Asia Economic Journal, March 2015, pp 46-63
Tilakaratna, G. and D. Hulme D.
2015

“Multiple Borrowing in the Sri Lankan Microfinance Sector”, Worldpoverty@manchester Briefing Series, Issue 19, September 2013, Brooks World Poverty Institute, Manchester, UK
Tilakaratna, G.,
2013

Book review on “Why Nations Fail? The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty” by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (2012), Trade Insight, Vol. 9. No.1. 2013, published by SAWTEE (Nepal)
Tilakaratna, G.,
2012

“Economic and Political Empowerment of the Poor-Sri Lanka”, CPD – SACEPS Monograph Series 3, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS)
Tilakaratna, G., P. A. Samaratunga, R. Jayathilaka, D. Marawila, A. Galappattige, and R. Perera, 2009,
2006

“Annotated Bibliography on Microfinance in Sri Lanka” (with A. Galappattige and T. Kumara), Poverty and Social Welfare Series No. 8, IPS, Colombo, 2006.
Tilakaratna, G.,
2006

“Educational Opportunities for the Poor in Sri Lanka”, Policy Brief No. 11, Inter-Regional Inequality Facility, London, U.K., 2006.
Tilakaratna, G.,
2006

“Microfinance in Sri Lanka: A Household Level Analysis of Outreach and Impact on Poverty” (with U. Wickremasinghe and T. Kumara), Poverty and Social Welfare Series No. 7, IPS Colombo, 2005.
Tilakaratna, G.,
2005

“Impact of Trade Liberalization on Poverty and Household Welfare in Sri Lanka” (with S. Jayanetti), Poverty and Social Welfare Series No. 6, IPS, Colombo, 2005
Tilakaratna, G.,
2005

“Macroeconomic Policy Choices for Growth and Poverty Reduction: The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Poverty in Sri Lanka” (with S. Jayanetti), North- South Institute (NSI), Canada, 2005
Tilakaratna, G. and N. Arunatilake,
2005

Review: “Our Future Our Responsibility: Road Map towards a Poverty Free South Asia”, Report of the Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation (ISACPA, 2003), Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol. 5, No.2., 2004.
Tilakaratna, G.,
2003

Review: “Human Development in South Asia 2001- Globalization and Human Development”, Report by the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Center, South Asia Economic Journal, Vol.4, No.1, 2003.
Tilakaratna, G.,
2003

“Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2014 Sri Lanka”, United Nations Development Programme Sri Lanka, (2015), UNDP, Colombo.
Madurawala, S. and Ganga Tilakaratne
2015

Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka and United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) (2010), “Millennium Development Goals, Sri Lanka Country Report 2008/2009”, (IPS publication; ISBN 978-955-8708-62-0)
Madurawala S.,
2010

“Inequity, Poverty and Development” (eds. with A.D.V.de S. Indraratna), Sri Lanka Economic Association, 2007.
Hirimuthugodage, D.
2007

“The Trade Poverty Nexus in Sri Lanka”, GITAM Review of International Business, Vol. 1, Issue 2
De Mel, D. 2009,
2010

“Targeting and Distribution of Post-Tsunami Aid in Sri Lanka : A Critical Appraisal” (with Kanchana Wickramasinghe), Working Paper, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, Nepal, 2010.
Gunawardena A.,
2010

“Was Tsunami Aid Well Targeted? An Examination of Disaster Assistance in Sri Lanka”, Policy Brief, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, Nepal, 2010.
Gunawardena A.,
2010

“Targeting and Distribution of Post Disaster Aid : A Case of the Fishery Sector of Post- Tsunami Sri Lanka” in IPS Research Studies: Environmental Economic Policy Series, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka , Colombo, Sri Lanka
Gunawardena A.,
2010

“Social and Economic Impacts of Resettlement on Tsunami Affected Coastal Fishery Households in Sri Lanka” in Fernando, P., K. Fernando and M. Kumarasiri (eds). Forced to move –Involuntary Displacement and Resettlement: Policy and Practice, 8th Annual Symposium, Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka CEPA Publication.
Gunawardena A.,
2010

Social and Economic Impacts of Resettlement on Tsunami Affected Coastal Fishery Households in Sri Lanka
Gunawardena A. and K. Wickramasinghe(2009)
2009

“Status of Poverty in Sri Lanka: In a Perspective of Headship”, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2009.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K,
2009

“Economic and Political Empowerment of the Poor: Sri Lanka”, (.), Centre for Policy Dialogue and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies, Dhaka, 2009.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K ., G.Tilakaratna, P. Samaratunga, D. Marawila, A. Galappattige, and R Perera,
2009

“Status of Poverty in Sri Lanka: In a Perspective of Headship” (in Sinhala), in R. Bandara (ed.), Development Issues, Contradiction and Policy Options, Social Scientist’ Association of Sri Lanka, 2009.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K .,
2009

“Alcohol and Poverty: Are they Related? Empirical Study from Sri Lanka’, Sri Lanka Economic Journal, Vol.8, No.1, 2008.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K.,
2008

“Economic Demographic Characteristics of Poor Female Headed Households in Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, 2008, Vol.9, No.1, 2008.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K.,
2008

Book Review: “SAARC Regional Poverty Profile 2003”, South Asia Economic Journal, Vol.6, No.1, 2005.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K. ,
2005

“Identification of the Poor in Sri Lanka: Development of Composite Index and Regional Poverty Lines” (with K.A.P Siddhisena), PEP Working Paper Series, 2006.
Jayathilaka, M.D.R.K. and K. A.P Siddhisena (2004),
2004

Assessment of the Pension and Social Security Benefit Scheme for the Self-Employed Persons in Sri Lanka
Eriyagama, Vindya and Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya (2003),
2003

Assessment of the Farmers’ and Fishermen’s Pension and Social Security Benefit Scheme in Sri Lanka
Eriyagama, Vindya and Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya (2003),
2003

Assessment of the Employees’ Provident Fund in Sri Lanka
Eriyagama, Vindya and Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya (2003),
2003

Governance Issues in Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka
Wanasinghe, Shelton (2004),
2004

The Integrated Rural Development Programme in Sri Lanka: Lessons of Experience for Poverty Reduction
Gunatilaka, Ramani and Tushara Williams (1999),
1999

How Successful is Samurdhi’s Savings and Credit Programme in Reaching the Poor in Sri Lanka?
Gunatilaka, Ramani and Rozana Salih (1999),
1999

Credit Based, Participatory Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Sri Lanka: What Have We Learned?
Gunatilaka, Ramani (1997),
1997

Disaster Management Policy and Practice in Sri Lanka: Sharing Lessons among Government, Civil Society and Private Sector
IPS and Oxfam (2007),
2007

Microinsurance in Sri Lanka: Combating Multiple and Overlapping Vulnerabilities
Galappttige, Ayodya , Roshini Jayaweera and Ganga Tilakaratna,
2011

Towards A Poverty Free South Asian Our Future Our Responsibility
2005

Review of Poverty Related Data and Data Sources in Sri Lanka
Tudawe, Indra (2000),
2000

Review of Literature Linking Microeconomic Policies to Household Welfare in Sri Lanka
Gunetilleke, Neranjana (2000),
2000

Sri Lankan Welfare State: Retrospect & Prospect
Jayasuriya, Laksiri (1995),
1995

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