Research

IPS research on Private Sector Development examines the constraints to a conducive business environment for greater private sector investment, including FDI. This includes addressing limitations on the institutions and regulatory processes which impact on private sector activity, innovation and entrepreneurship in an economy. In particular, policy constraints hindering SME growth such as technology transfer, market linkages, access to information, access to business development services, amongst others, need to be identified and addressed to maximize SME contribution to export growth and employment generation.

Research
Presentations
2016

Presentation on “Balancing the Scales: Taming Supermarket Buyer Power”, at the “World Consumer Rights Day Forum” organized by IPS, IPS Auditorium, 15 March.
(Team: Kithmina Hewage)

Presentation on “Air Connectivity in South Asia” at the conference on “Unleashing South Asia: Connectivity, Sub-regional Initiatives, Energy and Investment Protection”, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mumbai, India, 24 September.
(By: Kithmina Hewage)

2014

Presentation on “Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka”, IPS, 9 May.
(By: Sunimalee Madurawala)

Presentation on “Developing a System for University-Business Linkages in Sri Lanka” at the seminar on “Strengthening University-Business Linkages”, organized by GIZ, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, 23 May.
(By: Anushka Wijesinha)

Presentation on “SME Credit Guarantee Scheme” to members of Central Bank Financial System Stability Consultative Committee, CBSL Conference Room, 5 June.
(By: Anushka Wijesinha)

Publications

Decentralizations and Provincial Finance in Sri Lanka
D D M Waidyasekera
2000

Effective Local Governance: The Foundation for a Functioning Democracy in Sri Lanka
Shelton Wanasinghe
1999

Policy Issues in the Electricity Sector of Sri Lanka ( P/ C)
Tilak Siyambalapitiya
1996

Public Accountability, Public Expenditure Management and Governance in Sri Lanka, 1948-1993
David Hulme and Nimal Sanderatne
1996

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Public Policy Management: The Challenges for Sri Lanka
Shelton Wanasinghe and Harshitha Gunaratne
1996

Economic Reform and Governance: Second Wave of Liberalization in Sri Lanka-1989-93
David Dunham and Saman Kelegama
1995

The Law and the economic Status of Women
Savitri Goonesekera
1990

The Problems and Prospects of Sri Lanka’s Handloom Industry. (P/C)
Ramani Gunatilaka
1997

Industrial Development In Sri Lanka: Papers presented at the 4th Annual Sessions
Celonia Kerkoven -Sri Lanka
1989

Banking on SME Growth: Concepts, Challenges and Policy Options to Improve Access to Finance In Sri Lanka
Anushka Wijesinha, Nipuni Perera
2015

Banking on SME Growth: Concepts, Challenges and Policy Options to Improve Access to Finance In Sri Lanka
Anushka Wijesinha,Nipuni Perera
2015

Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka
Kaushalya Attygalle, Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Sunimalee Madurawala
Athula Senaratne, Anushka Wijesinha, Chopadithya Edirisinghe
2014

Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka
Kaushalya Attygalle, Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Sunimalee Madurawala
Athula Senaratne, Anushka Wijesinha, Chopadithya Edirisinghe
2014

Devolution Revisited (Towards A More Effective Devolutionary Policy)
Shelton Wanasinghe
2006

Devolution Revisited (Towards A More Effective Devolutionary Policy)
Shelton Wanasinghe
2006

Decentralization and Provincial Finance in Sri Lanka:2004 – An Update
D D M Waidyasekera
2005

Decentralization and Provincial Finance in Sri Lanka:2004 – An Update
D D M Waidyasekera
2005

Regulatory Impact Assessment: A Tool for Better Regulatory Governance in Sri Lanka?
Malathy Knight
2005

Sri Lanka Electricity Industry: Long-Term Thermal Generation Fuel Options
Priyantha D.C. Wijaytunga and Rahula A. Attalage
2002

Sri Lanka Electricity Industry: Long-Term Thermal Generation Fuel Options
Priyantha D.C. Wijaytunga and Rahula A. Attalage
2002

The Implications of the Changing Role of Governance in Sri Lanka
Shelton Wanasinghe
2001

The Impact of Credit on Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMIs) in Sri Lanka ( P/C )
Tushara Williams
1999

The Impact of Credit on Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMIs) in Sri Lanka ( P/C )
Tushara Williams
1999

A Method to Analyze the Viability of Private Sector Participation in New Infrastructure Projects in Sri Lanka
Malik Ranasinghe
1998

A Method to Analyze the Viability of Private Sector Participation in New Infrastructure Projects in Sri Lanka
Malik Ranasinghe
1998

Electricity Pricing Policy in Sri Lanka ( P/ C)
Tilak Siyambalapitiya
1997

The Problems and Prospects of Sri Lanka’s Handloom Industry. (P/C)
Ramani Gunatilaka
1997

Power Sector Development Issues Private Power Generation-Part 2 ( P/ C)
Tilak Siyambalapitiya
1995

Power Sector Development Issues Ownership Issues – Part I.
Tilak Siyambalapitiya
1994

Activating the Administrative Reform Process in Sri Lanka
Shelton Wanasinghe
1994

Development Strategy and Industrial Policy – Issues for Sri Lanka ( P/ C)
Chris Edwards
1993

Development Strategy and Industrial Policy – Issues for Sri Lanka ( P/ C)
Chris Edwards
1993

Energy Status of Sri Lanka-Issues Policy Suggestions ( P/ C)
K.K.Y.W. Perera
1992

Industrialization in Sri Lanka: What Can We Learn from the NICs? ( P/ C)
J. P. C. Guimaraes
1991

Industrialization in Sri Lanka: What Can We Learn from the NICs? ( P/ C)
J. P. C. Guimaraes
1991

Industrial Development In Sri Lanka: Papers presented at the 4th Annual Sessions
Celonia Kerkoven Sri Lanka
1989

“Privatization in Sri Lanka: The Experience During the Early Years of Implementation”,
Sri Lanka Economic Association-USAID joint publication, Colombo, 1993
Kelegama, S.
1993

Privatization: The Sri Lankan Experience
Kelegama, Saman (1992)
1992

The Evolving Role of the State: Privatization, Competition and Regulatory Governance” in , Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa, 2011.
Knight, M., Kelegama, S. and D. Gunawardena (eds.)
2011

“Making a Business out of a Village Phone”, in ICT Infrastructure in Emerging Asia: Policy and Regulatory Roadblocks, New Delhi: Sage, 2008.
Knight, M.,R. Samarajiva & Ayesha Zainudeen (eds.),
2008

“Disaster Management Policy and Practice: Lessons for Government, Civil Society and the Private Sector in Sri Lanka”, IPS Research Studies: Environmental Economic Policy Series No.11, April 2007, Colombo:IPS
Knight, M.,Paul Steele, Kanchana Wickremasinghe, Amrit Rajapakse and Kanchana Senanayake
2007

“Assessing Privatization in Sri Lanka: Distribution and Governance” (2005). In Reality Check: The Distributional Impact of Privatization in Developing Countries. Washington D.C.: Center for Global Development.
Knight, M., P.P.A. Wasantha Athukorala, Eds. John Nellis & Nancy Birdsall
2005

“Performance Contracts: The Sri Lankan Experience” (with W.C Dheerasekera) (1999) In Public Enterprise Reform and Performance Contracting: The State of the Art. New York: United Nations.
Knight, M.,
1999

“Productivity and Labour Cost in Manufacturing Industries: Sri Lanka (with Saman Kelegama and Prematilake Samararatne) (1999), SAAT Working Papers, New Delhi: International Labour Organization.
Knight, M.,
1999

“Liberalisation and Privatisation: Telecommunication Reforms in Sri Lanka” (with Sisira Jayasuriya) (1998) In Telecommunications and Socio-Economic Development (Eds. Stuart MacDonald & Gary Madden). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Knight, M.,
1998

“Private Participation in Infrastructure Development” (1997) in Infrastructure Development in Sri Lanka: Regulation, Policy, and Finance, Hong Kong: Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd. Knight, M.,
1997

“Banking on SME Growth: Concepts, Challenges and Policy Options to Improve Access to Finance in Sri Lanka”, IPS Working Paper Series No. 20.
Wijesinha, A., and N. Perera,
2015

“Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka” jointly published with Oxfam International, Sri Lanka, May 2014.
Wijesinha, A., K. Attygalle, D. Hirimuthugodage, S. Madurawala, A. Senaratne, C. Edirisinghe
2014

‘Incentivizing Foreign Investment in Sri Lanka and the Role of Tax Incentives, IPS Research Studies: Working Paper Series, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Wijesinha, A., R. Ekanayake, and G. Mahendran (2013),
2013

‘State Leadership in Industrialization: Korean Approaches for SME Development and Relevance to Sri Lanka’, Asia Development Fellowship Series, The Asia Foundation Korea, Republic of Korea.
Wijesinha, A., (2013)
2013

“Access to Finance for SMEs: Challenges and Policy Options”, Economic Review, December 2012/January 2013, Peoples Bank
Wijesinha, A.,
2013

“Connecting South Asia: Liberalizing Air Services”, Trade Insight, Vol. 9, No.2, 2013, SAWTEE, Nepal
Wijesinha, A.,
2013

“Air Services Liberalization in South Asia” in “Regional Integration and Economic Development in South Asia”, ADB, Manila, also in South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) Journal, Volume 5, Islamabad
Wijesinha, A. (2012), ·
2013

‘Fostering Innovation to Fast-forward Growth in Sri Lanka’, IPS Research Studies: Working Paper Series, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Wijesinha, A. and N. Perera (2012),
2012

“Incentivizing Foreign Investment in Sri Lanka and the Role of Tax Incentives”, Research Studies: Working Paper Series No.17, April 2013, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
Ekanayake, R., Anushka Wijesinha and G. Mahendra
2013

Female Entrepreneurship and the Role of Business Development Services in Promoting Small and Medium Women Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Oxfam GB, Sri Lanka
Madurawala S., Attygalle K., Hirimuthugodage D., Seneratne A., Wijesinha A. and Edirisinghe C.
2014

“Assessing and Reformulating SAARC Road Map”, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies, South Asia Center for Policy Studies (SACEPS) Paper No. 18.
Jayaratne, S.,
2009

“Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges”, Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, 2007. available at: http://www.trc.gov.lk/images/pdf/TRC_research_r2006-07_20_PIR.pdf
Hirimuthugodage, D
2007

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

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

Electricity Pricing Policy in Sri Lanka
Siyambalapitiya, Tilak (1997)
1997

Policy Issues in the Electricity Sector of Sri Lanka
Siyambalapitiya, Tilak (1996)
1996

Power Sector Development Issues: Private Power Generation-Part 2
Siyambalapitiya, Tilak (1995)
1995

Power Sector Development Issues: Ownership Issues – Part I
Siyambalapitiya, Tilak (1994)
1994

Development Strategy and Industrial Policy – Issues for Sri Lanka
Edwards, Chris (1993)
1993

The Problems and Prospects of Sri Lanka’s Handloom Industry
Gunatilaka, Ramani (1997),
1997

Sri Lanka Electricity Industry: Long-Term Thermal Generation Fuel Options
Wijaytunga, Priyantha D.C. and Rahula A. Attalage (2002),
2002

The Impact of Credit on Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMIs) in Sri Lanka
Williams, Tushara (1999),
1999

A Method to Analyze Viability of Private Sector Participation in New Infrastructure Projects in Sri Lanka
Ranasinghe, (1998),
1998

Energy Status of Sri Lanka-Issues Policy Suggestions
Perera, K.K.Y.W. (1992),
1992

Industrialization in Sri Lanka: What Can We Learn from the NICs?
Guimaraes, J.P.C.
1991

Industrial Development in Sri Lanka. Papers Presented at the 4th Annual Sessions
Kerkoven, Celonia -Sri Lanka (1989)
1989

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