Dr. Dushni Weerakoon highlights need for powerful health interventions

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon highlights need for powerful health interventions for economic recovery at Asia Securities Investment Conference.

Direct Economic Costs of COVID-19 on Tourism

IPS Research Economist Kanchana Wickramasinghe examines the direct economic costs of COVID-19 on tourism in ‘Current Issues in Tourism’ journal.The paper provides important policy implications for improving post-pandemic tourism.

Virtual Dialogue on ‘Building Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems in the Age of Pandemics’

The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) organised a virtual dialogue on ‘Building Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems in the Age of Pandemics’ on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne speaks on impact of FBR on female labour migration

Presentation by Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne on the impact of the Family Background Report (FBR) policy entitled ‘The Double Burden and Gender Barriers: A Causal Analysis of a Policy on Female Labour Migration from Sri Lanka’.

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon flags key differences between Sri Lanka and Vietnam at CCC summit

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon flags key differences between Sri Lanka and Vietnam at session on ‘Upgrading Higher Value-add by Leveraging Local Resources’ at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2020 organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon comments on Budget 2021

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon was a panelist at HSBC Webinar on ‘Economic Outlook for Sri Lanka and Building Competitive Advantage’.

Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna discusses Sri Lanka’s Social Protection Response to COVID-19

Presentation by Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna on ‘Social Protection Response to COVID-19’ at the session on ‘Shock Responsive Social Protection (in Context of COVID-19) of the High-Level Seminar Series on ‘Inclusive Social Protection in Sri Lanka: Shifting the Paradigm’.

IPS post-budget Twitter Chat

IPS researchers react to 2021 Budget on Twitter

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne says GCM has potential to improve migrant worker conditions

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne says UN’s GCM can improve migrant worker conditions at the virtual launch of the UN Network on Migration in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne analyses 2020 remittance incomes

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne analyses impact of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka’s remittances.

Kithmina Hewage explains impact of import restrictions

IPS Research Economist Kithmina Hewage explained the impact of import restrictions on the export sector appearing on News First’s English Prime Time Bulletin.

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne explains implications of COVID-19 on migrant remittances

Presentation by Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne on the Implications of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka’s worker migration and remittances at CIMRAD webinar on ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants, Migration Flows and Remittances: Focus on South and South East Asia’.

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon discusses COVID-19 impact on economy at CMA conference

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Executive Director, IPS was a panellist at the inaugural session of the National Management Accounting Conference 2020 organised by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA).

Ministry of Environment and IPS Host Virtual Stakeholder Consultation

The Ministry of Environment and IPS organised a virtual stakeholder consultation workshop – the second in a series of five workshops – to evaluate existing policies on climate change mitigation.

IPS webinar panel discussion on ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2020’ report

IPS hosted a webinar panel discussion in conjunction with the release of IPS’ annual flagship report ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2020’.

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne highlights need to protect migrant workers during crises

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne highlights the importance of rebalancing the responsibility between countries of destination and countries of origin to ensure migrant workers’ well-being at times of crisis.

Kithmina Hewage Discusses Sri Lanka’s Economic Challenges

IPS Research Economist Kithmina Hewage participated in a discussion on Sri Lanka’s state of the economy and expectations for the 2021 budget on ‘Face The Nation’ programme.

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon chairs session at SANEM International Development Conference (SIDC)

IPS Executive Director Dr. Dushni Weerakoon chaired a session on ‘Macroeconomic Impacts’ at SANEM International Development Conference (SIDC) 2020 on “COVID-19 and Development Challenges”.

First of Five Policy Evaluation Workshops Gets Underway

The Ministry of Environment and the IPS held an introductory and scoping workshop – the first in a series of five workshops – to undertake a policy evaluation for designing and implementing an OPP for MRV, SLCR and SLCCS.

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne meets State Minister Hon. Piyankara Jayaratne

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne, IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation Policy Research paid a courtesy visit to Hon. Piyankara Jayaratne, State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification on September 16th, 2020 at his office to discuss IPS’ research on migration.

Nuwanthi Senaratne Discusses the Possibility of Developing Regional Value Chain in South Asia

IPS Research Assistant, Nuwanthi Senaratne, recently highlighted the need for improved cross-border trade within the South Asian region and discussed ways in which regional value chains can be developed.

Bilesha Weeraratne Publishes Paper on Plight of Migrant Workers in the Gulf during COVID-19

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, noted that the high number of COVID-19 cases among returning migrant workers has destabilised Sri Lanka’s repatriation efforts and a partially reversed the successful efforts made in Sri Lanka to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

IPS Director of Research Speaks on Sri Lanka’s Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

IPS Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, recently noted that the COVID-19 pandemic hit Sri Lanka at a time when the country was vulnerable both economically and politically.

IPS Executive Director Speaks on Regional Cooperation in South Asia amidst COVID-19 and beyond

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, recently highlighted that South Asia faces some common problems when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Remittances, Return, and Reintegration of Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, was a panelist at the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) Virtual Panel Discussion on ‘Gulf Migration: During and Aftermath of COVID 19’ on 27 May 2020.

Kithmina Hewage Discusses Contours of BIMSTEC Cooperation Post COVID-19

IPS Research Economist, Kithmina Hewage, was a panelist at a discussion on the 'Contours of BIMSTEC Cooperation in Post COVID-19', organised by the Asian Confluence, on 20 May 2020.

Kithmina Hewage Discusses Socioeconomic Implications of COVID-19 on Developing Countries

IPS Research Economist, Kithmina Hewage, was a panelist at a discussion on 'Socioeconomic Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Developing Countries and the Role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation'.

British Council of Sri Lanka and IPS Launch Report on Cultural and Creative Industries in Sri Lanka

The British Council of Sri Lanka and IPS launched the report on cultural and creative Industries in Sri Lanka - a first attempt to create a framework and develop an understanding of the current situation and challenges in a world where the creative sector is growing in global significance.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Sri Lanka’s Deepening Foreign Exchange Crisis

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, was a panellist at the PWC webinar on post-COVID19 economic outlook and recovery strategies, on 25 April 2020.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Sri Lanka’s Deepening Foreign Exchange Crisis

Speaking on Newsline programme, broadcast over TV1 on 15 April 2020, IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, discussed the impact of COVID19 pandemic on Sri Lanka's migrant remittances.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses the Role of Remittances in Reviving Sri Lanka’s Economy

Speaking on Face the Nation programme, broadcast over TV1 on 06 April 2020, IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, discussed the role of remittances in reviving Sri Lanka's economy, post COVID-19 pandemic.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, in a live interview on Swarnavahini, on 30 March 2020, discussed the economic impact of COVID19 on Sri Lanka.

IPS Director of Research Speaks on the Female Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka

The female labour force participation in Sri Lanka is governed by a complex set of interrelated factors. The social norms in Sri Lanka are such that females take the greater responsibility to take care of their families.

Kanishka Werawella Presents Solutions to Traffic Congestion in Sri Lanka

Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2019 recipient, Kanishka Werawella presented findings from study on traffic congestion in Sri Lanka.

IPS Carries Out Study on Public Spending on Nutrition in Sri Lanka

IPS Research Economist, Priyanka Jayawardena, recently carried out a study on public spending on nutrition in Sri Lanka as part of a World Bank programme.

Global Challenges Research Fund Forum addresses the Role of Gender in South Asian Food Systems

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Economic Policy, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, discussed the technology and gender gap in climate resilience at the Forum on The Role of Gender in South Asian Food Systems.

Bilesha Weeraratne Presents Paper on Migration at Oxford University

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanization research, Bilesha Weeraratne, presented a paper titled ‘Right to Mobility: Are Immigrants at the Mercy of Recruitment Intermediaries’, at the International Conference of Migrating World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Migration and Integration.

IPS Researcher Speaks at the Stakeholder Workshop on Urban Food Systems in Asia

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Economic Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, highlighted the role of household access and affordability to food on achieving urban food security in Sri Lanka.

Ganga Tilakaratna Publishes Paper on SDGs and Regional Cooperation

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy Research, Ganga Tilakaratna, published a paper on ‘Interpreting SDGs for South Asia: In Search of a Regional Framework (The Case of Sri Lanka)’.

IPS Executive Director Delivers Fifth Gamani Corea Memorial Lecture

IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, delivered the Fifth Gamani Corea Memorial Lecture, organised by the Gamani Corea Foundation, on the topic of ‘Sri Lanka’s Policy Dilemma on Debt and Growth: The Challenges for an Upper Middle-income Economy’, on 30 January 2020.

Strengthening Fiscal Policies and Regulations to Promote Healthy Diets in Sri Lanka

The IPS launched a project on ‘Strengthening Fiscal Policies and Regulations to Promote Healthy Diets in Sri Lanka’, in collaboration with the Medical Research Institute (MRI) of the Ministry of Health.

Bilesha Weeraratne Publishes Article on Migrant Workers’ Wage Offers

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanization research, Bilesha Weeraratne, published an article titled ‘Migrant Workers’ Wage Offers: The Paradox of the Involvement of Recruitment Intermediaries’, in Migration Studies, published by the Oxford University Press.

Joining the Dots: Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues on Public Financing for Development

IPS Research Assistant, Chamini Thilanka was a discussant at the roundtable discussion on ‘Joining the Dots: Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues on Public Financing for Development’, on 23 – 24 January 2020, held in New Delhi, India.

Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Impact of US-Iran Crisis on Migration

Speaking on Face the Nation programme, broadcast over TV1 on 13 January 2020, IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation research, Bilesha Weeraratne, discussed how labour migration from Sri Lanka would be affected by the instability in the Middle East due to the US-Iran crisis.

Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2020: Call for Proposals

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