Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 August, 2017

This House is not a Home: The struggle for addresses and land in the estate sector

The workers of Sri Lanka’s tea estates have faced a myriad of challenges for as long as the industry has existed. A century and a half since the first plantations were introduced, these challenges still persist, along with several others that have arisen over time. Conditions in the estate sector continue almost unchanged, despite post-war […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 21 June, 2017

An enduring fear: Aluthgama in 2017

The homes that were burned and the stores that were damaged have been rebuilt; Aluthgama’s infrastructure hides the violence that it recently bore. Three years ago, around Poson poya day that fell in the middle of the month of Ramazan in 2014, a destructive display of racially-motivated violence occurred that continues to haunt its streets, […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 14 June, 2017

Corridors of Power | Website launch

14 June 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated website for the international award-winning ‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture. The project was selected as a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 3 May, 2017

‘They Promised Us Answers’: Justice delayed for the disappeared

This feature follows CPA’s extensive work on the topic of enforced disappearances, in terms of monitoring of commissions or recommendations for strengthening of the legislation of the Office of Missing Persons. It is compiled of interviews and photos from several protests demanding justice across the Northern Province, by way of the return of family members and […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 March, 2017

Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017: Finalist

22 March 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to announce the ‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture, is a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design category. As noted online, “Fast Company sifted through more than […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 8 March, 2017

Rising Above – Life, family and hope at Methsara Uyana

The Centre for Policy Alternatives has for years documented the stories of people affected by the rapid development drive that occurred under the previous regime, when the Urban Development Authority commandeered evictions across Colombo to make room for what has materialised as mixed development projects that promise a luxurious future for those who can afford […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 4 February, 2017

Behind the scenes: The making of luxury spaces in Colombo

In 2013 – 2014, at the height of evictions and involuntary relocations across the city by the then Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the community at Station Passage was always mentioned by other affected communities as a case where the relocation process was a positive one. The residents were going to have their new […]

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