Welcome to the
Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that the vital contribution of civil society to the public policy debate is in need of strengthening. CPA is committed to programs of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated. CPA is an independent, non-partisan organization which receives funds from international and bilateral funding agencies and foundations.


  • Capacity Building & Outreach Monitoring

    Engaging at community level, CPA works with local government and community based organisations on capacity building local governance institutions, service delivery and income generation mechanisms, language rights and movement on reconciliation.

  • Civic Media

    The award winning civic media initiatives Maatram, Vikalpa and Groundviews are institutionally anchored at CPA to give the fullest expression to narratives by citizens otherwise marginal to and erased from mainstream media.

  • Public Interest Litigation

    CPA's extensive Public Interest Litigation programme encompasses cases on fundamental rights as well as on the pre-enactment judicial review of legislation. Issues range from the rights of the internally displaced to electoral democracy, the independence of the judiciary and public service, freedom of expression and provincial devolution, land and language rights.

  • Research and Advocacy

    Research and advocacy through which CPA critiques public policy, identifies and advocates alternatives for democratic governance and peace with human rights as an overarching perspective, are a primary focus of the organisation and underpin its national and international recognition.

  • Social Indicator

    The survey research unit of CPA conducts public opinion polling on a wide range of social and political issues, thereby uniquely informing opinion and policy making and the wider research and advocacy agenda of the organization. Social Indicator has pioneered the Peace Confidence Index in Sri Lanka and currently conducts a survey on peoples' perceptions and expectations of governance and government in Sri Lanka.