The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to publish A New Devolution Settlement for Sri Lanka: Proceedings and Outcomes, Conference of Provincial Councils, August 2016 edited by Dr Asanga Welikala. The conference was organised by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), with the participation of delegations from all nine Provincial Councils including Governors and Chief Ministers, as well as local and international experts of comparative devolution and multilevel governance.
The conference deliberations were rich in expertise and experience, and reflected the practical experience of nearly three decades of working the existing framework of devolution under the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In the light of the strengths and weaknesses of that framework and experience, this publication draws attention to the key issues to be considered when designing a scheme of devolution under a new constitution. It is hoped that the Constitutional Assembly will give serious and close consideration to the contents of this document, reflecting the views of the current provincial tier of government as a whole. It is also hoped that this publication would serve to broaden and deepen the public discussion about devolution that is taking place in society in the context of the constitution-making process.
A trilingual edition of this publication with Sinhala and Tamil translations will be available shortly.