Bilesha Weeraratne Publishes Research on Urban Housing in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanization research, Bilesha Weeraratne, published a book chapter titled Urban Housing in Sri Lanka.

Bilesha Weeraratne Attends the Global Humanitarian Policy Forum in New York

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation, Bilesha Weeraratne, attended the Global Humanitarian Policy Forum.

IPS Researchers Attend the South Asia Forum on SDGs and the Policy Dialogue on South Asian Cooperation for SDGs

IPS Research Fellows, Ganga Tilakaratna and Athula Senaratne, were panelists at the Third South Asia Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Second Policy Dialogue on South Asian Cooperation for SDGs, organised by UNESCAP on 08 – 10 December 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

IPS Researcher Highlights the Importance of ICIMS in Fighting Climate Change

IPS Research Assistant, Ruwan Samaraweera, highlighted the importance of Integrated Climate Information Management Systems (ICIMS) in tackling climate change at the 22nd Sustainable Development Conference (SDC).

IPS Executive Director Delivers CA Sri Lanka’s 23rd Annual Tax Oration

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, delivered the 23rd Annual Tax Oration at the invitation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), on the topic of ‘Tax Policy, Fiscal Consolidation and Growth Challenges in Sri Lanka’.

IPS Researchers Speak at the Asia Pacific Workshop on the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Environmental Economic Policy Research, Athula Senaratne, highlighted the importance of introducing technological innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to advance SDG implementation.

IPS Holds Workshop on Strengthening Tobacco Control Policies

Although smoking prevalence rates in Sri Lanka have reduced, tobacco use is high among certain population groups.

Kithmina Hewage Highlights Domestic and International Challenges Facing Sri Lanka

IPS Research Economist, Kithmina Hewage, discussed immediate and long-term economic challenges faced by Sri Lanka, at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Strategic Planning Meeting.

IPS Research Fellow Highlights Costs of Low Skilled Migrants in South Korea

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri presented at a Visiting Scholar Seminar held on 31 October 2019 at The Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).

Manoj Thibbotuwawa Speaks on Achieving Food and Nutrition Security by 2030

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, highlighted the importance of endorsing a multi sectoral approach to prevent the triple burden of malnutrition.

IPS Discusses Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook and Policy Priorities in ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2019’ Report

Despite significant gains from macro reform measures in fiscal, monetary, and exchange rate policy management from mid-2016, the overall positioning of the Sri Lankan economy in 2019 is weak, with the country making a painfully slow recovery after a series of setbacks, notes the annual, flagship report of the IPS.

SAES XII Calls on South Asia to Act on the Fourth Industrial Revolution Urgently

Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Dushni Weerakoon, called on South Asia to act with urgency to make use of the opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Ganga Tilakaratna highlights the Potential linkages between BRI and SDGs

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, highlighted the potential impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Sri Lanka.

Nisha Arunatilake Discusses the Importance of STEM Education in Sri Lanka

Speaking on Biz In Focus programme, broadcast over TV1, on 10 September 2019, IPS Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, highlighted the importance of improving the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools.

IPS Researchers Speak at South Asia Economic Network Conference in Bangladesh

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanization, Bilesha Weeraratne, and IPS Research Officer, Ashani Abayasekara, participated in the 4th South Asia Economic Network Conference.

Senior Visiting Fellow Speaks on Child Poverty in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, out of the 6.4 million children under 19 years, 707,000 are either income poor and/or multi-dimensionally poor.

IPS-UNDESA Hold National Consultation Workshop on Link Between BRI and SDGs

Ongoing research has shown that the five priority areas of China’s mammoth Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has the potential to contribute towards Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IPS Research Fellow Participates in the First GLWC Research Network Workshop

IPS Research Fellow, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, participated in the first Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) Research Network Workshop held at the Head Quarters of Social Accountability International in New York, on 07 – 09 August 2019.

IPS Researchers Publish Paper on Sri Lanka’s Disengaged Youth in Review of Development Economics

IPS Research Officers, Ashani Abayasekara and Neluka Gunasekara, recently published their research on Sri Lanka’s youth not in education, employment, or training (NEETs) in the Review of Development Economics.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Evolution of Sri Lanka’s Labour Migration

Speaking on Biz In Focus programme, broadcast over TV1 on 30 July 2019, IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, discussed how labour migration patterns have changed over the years.

A Delegation of Chinese Scholars Visits IPS to Discuss Research on BRI

A delegation of Chinese scholars, led by He Zukun, President and Professor of the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, China visited the IPS on 22 July 2019, to discuss future collaborative research initiatives.

Ganga Tilakaratna Highlights Factors Influencing Labour Force Participation of the Elderly

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, presented a paper on ‘Working beyond the Age of Retirement: Patterns and Determinants of Elderly Labor Force Participation in Sri Lanka’ at the SANEM-World Bank Third North America Discussion Forum.

Kithmina Hewage Discusses Opportunities and Challenges in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Speaking on Biz1st ‘Infocus’ programme, broadcast over TV1 on 09 July 2019, IPS Research Officer, Kithmina Hewage, discussed the challenges and opportunities presented in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Regional Workshop on Economic Globalization Statistics and Conference on Mapping Value Chains

IPS Research Officer Harini Weerasekera attended the Regional Workshop on Economic Globalization Statistics and made a presentation on ‘Border Tax Evasion in Sri Lanka’ at the Conference on Mapping Value Chains, held at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jakarta, Indonesia, on 13 – 15 June 2019.

IPS Researcher Speaks on Pension Coverage in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Officer, Ashani Abayasekara, made a presentation on Pension Coverage in Sri Lanka at the 14th Pension Experts Meeting held at the Seoul Garden Hotel, Seoul, South Korea, on 13 – 14 June 2019.

IPS Executive Director Speaks on Financing the BRI

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, attended the 7th China-South and Southeast Asia Think Tank Forum, organised by the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, on 12 – 13 June 2019.

Poverty, Household Income/Expenditure and Inequality in Sri Lanka: Trends, Issues and Options

IPS Senior Visiting Fellow, Wimal Nanayakkara, recently made a presentation on ‘Poverty, Household Income/Expenditure and Inequality in Sri Lanka: Trends, Issues and Options’, to the staff of the research unit of the Parliament.

IPS Executive Director Speaks on Harnessing Trade Policy for Global Integration

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, discussed how to enhance trade connectivity, in light of key global economic trends, noting the challenges in mega connectivity projects.

Manoj Thibbotuwawa Speaks on Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, recently highlighted the importance of increasing the adaptive capacity of vulnerable farmers through investments on climate-smart technologies and reliable weather and climate information products.

First Recipient of the Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2018 Presents Preliminary Findings

The first recipient of the Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2018, Thisali de Silva, recently presented the preliminary findings of her research.

Need for More Investments in People and the Planet Highlighted at IPS-UNESCAP Policy Dialogue

While the Asia Pacific region is well-poised for economic growth, challenges remain, especially in the macroeconomic environment, IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon noted recently.

IPS Executive Director Speaks on Global Economic and FX Outlook for 2019 and Beyond

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, was a panelist at the ‘HSBC Power Breakfast: Global Economic and FX Outlook’ forum.

Research on Traffic Congestion in Kandy Bags Annual Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant

IPS is pleased to announce Kanishka Werawella, of the University of Colombo, as the winner of the annual Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant.

Ganga Tilakaratna Highlights the Importance of Regional Cooperation in Achieving SDGs

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, recently highlighted the importance of South Asian regional cooperation, in Sri Lanka’s achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Challenges: A Tale of Two Deficits

A new ADB working paper entitled “Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Challenges: A Tale of Two Deficits” by IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, with Utsav Kumar, and Roselle Dime from ADB looks at Sri Lanka’s macroeconomic performance over nearly five decades.

IPS Researcher Assesses Effectiveness and Relevance of Grade Five Scholarship Exam

While the ultimate long-term objective should be to abolish the Grade Five Scholarship Examination, at the moment, Sri Lanka is not ready for such drastic action, an education policy researcher noted recently.

Migration and Gender in Sri Lanka: Trends and Opportunities for GCM

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, made a presentation on ‘Migration and Gender in Sri Lanka: Trends and Opportunities for Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

New Thinkers’ Symposium Highlights the Role of Technology in Economic Transformation

Currently, Sri Lanka is creating a digital roadmap for the country, but the lack of coordination, focus, and support among ministries and other government agencies is an issue that needs to be addressed.

IPS Research Fellow Participates in the Third REALM Workshop

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, participated in the third annual Research and Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration (REALM) Workshop.

Bamboo Can Strengthen and Diversify the Incomes of Smallholder Farmers: IPS

Bamboo has the potential to revamp the agricultural sector of Sri Lanka by strengthening and diversifying the incomes of smallholder farmers, an agricultural economist pointed out recently.

IPS Executive Director Highlights the Impact of Budget Proposals on Economy

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, was a panelist at the session discussing the ‘Impact of Budget Proposals on Economy’ at the event, ‘Budget Highlights 2019: Tax Proposals and Impact on Business and the Economy’.

IPS Researchers Respond to the 2019 Budget

As the 2019 Budget was being presented in the Parliament of Sri Lanka on 05 March 2019, IPS researchers presented their take on the Budget proposals on Twitter.

IPS Executive Director Speaks on Twin Threats Facing Sri Lanka

IPS was a co-host to the ‘Regional Conference on External Vulnerabilities in South Asia’, along with the World Bank, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and the University of Colombo, on 28 February – 01 March 2019.

Exports Lead to Higher Wages, More Jobs, Especially for Women, Shows New Report

The Sri Lankan experience shows that exports have created more jobs, increased wages, and shifted employment from informal agriculture sector to manufacturing and services. Mostly women and youth have benefited from these developments.

IPS Researchers Speak on South Asia’s Economic Development

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, was a panelist at a policy plenary session on ‘Economic Development: The South Asian Context’ at the Fifth International Conference on South Asian Economic Development.

IPS Policy Engagement Forum Discusses Issues Related to Poverty and Social Welfare in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has made remarkable progress in poverty reduction over the years, both at the national and sub-national levels.

IPS Research Fellow Speaks on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

IPS Research Fellow, Janaka Wijayasiri, delivered the keynote presentation at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) discussion ‘Get Real Insights in to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and What It Means for Sri Lanka.’

Food Insecurity and Nutritional Gap in Sri Lanka

Low economic impact of the agricultural sector, high staple food consumption and low dietary diversity, climate change risks, and increasingly unhealthy dietary patterns are the main causes of malnutrition, a nutritional expert pointed out recently.

Ganga Tilakaratna Speaks on Growth Acceleration and Social Inclusion

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, recently argued that high levels of income inequality, continuing low female labor force participation, substantial informal sector employment, and rapid ageing of population remain key challenges for achieving social inclusion in Sri Lanka.

Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2019: Call for Proposals

IPS is calling for proposals for the annual Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant, established to honour Dr. Saman Kelegama’s legacy.

Migration and Gender Outcomes: Analysis of Selected Policies in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow, Bilesha Weeraratne, recently published a Working Paper titled Migration and Gender Outcomes: Analysis of Selected Policies in Sri Lanka in the KNOMAD Working Paper Series.

Currency, the Biggest Risk to Sri Lanka’s Economy in 2019, IPS Executive Director Warns

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, argued that the biggest risk to the Sri Lankan economy in 2019 is the currency.

IPS and IIED Explores the Possibility of Private Insurance to Mitigate Human-Elephant Conflict

A recent workshop pointed to the possibility of using private insurance to mitigate the human-elephant conflict that is a persistent problem in the rural areas of Sri Lanka.

IPS – Monash Conference Highlights New Research on Economic Development in South Asia

The Conference on ‘Economic Development in South Asia’ examined the development impact of innovative policy initiatives for spurring development in the region using latest research methods.