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.
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Media coverage for CPA report on flawed Government census

The Sunday Times today gave prominent publicity to CPA’s critique of the government’s ‘Census on human and property damages due to conflict – 2013’. Read the article on the website of the Sunday Times here, or download it as a PDF here. An image of how it appeared on the newspaper can be downloaded here....

Commentary on the Census on human and property damages due to conflict 2013

Commentary on the Census on human and property damages due to conflict 2013 5 March 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The results of the ‘Census on human and property damages due to conflict – 2013’ are due to be published in March 2014, in time for the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in...

An Opinion Survey on the LLRC Report

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was appointed with the objective of finding a lasting solution to the ethnic problem of the country, after the defeat of the LTTE militarily. Since there was no initiative to create a public discourse on the content of the report of this commission there was a risk of...

Broadening gender: Why masculinities matter

A study on Knowledge, Practices and Social Attitudes towards Gender and Gender Based Violence in Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, Hambantota and Batticaloa districts On behalf of CARE International Sri Lanka, SI conducted a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice (KAP) study, in June 2011, to engage men and boys as catalysts for gender based equity in Sri Lanka....

Sharing Experiences from the islandwide Citizen Dialogue on the LLRC

19th March 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has taken a lead in monitoring the levels of public awareness of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the implementation of its recommendations.  CPA has monitored the proceedings of LLRC and disseminated information to the public through its websites critically analysing shortcomings in the...

The Sri Lankan Republic at 40: Reflections on Constitutional History, Theory and Practice

Photos from the launch of The Sri Lankan Republic at 40: Reflections on Constitutional History, Theory and Practice, a collection of scholarly essays edited by Asanga Welikala, Senior Researcher, Legal & Constitution Unit. The book was launched at the 80 Club, 25, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07, on 21st December 2012. CPA’s latest publication, in association...

Media monitoring of Indian FM’s visit and promises on 13th Amendment

Media monitoring reports in Sinhala and Tamil of the Indian Foreign Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka and promises on 13th Amendment. Download the full report in Sinhala or Tamil. Madyawalokana – 13th Amendment (Tamil) Madyawalokana – 13th Amendment (Sinhala)

Sri Lanka’s Marginalised Communities: A Study (In Sinhala)

Download the PDF of this study here.

Topline survey report: Democracy in post-war Sri Lanka

18 August 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka – According to a new survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lankans are divided in opinion on the topic of reconciliation – about whether the government has done enough with regard to addressing the root causes of the conflict....

Devolution in the Eastern Province: Implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment and Public Perceptions, 2008-2010

Foreword The challenge facing post–war Sri Lanka after the defeat of the LTTE is to move to a post –conflict situation defined as one in which at a basic minimum, the causes of conflict are not sustained and certainly not re-produced. This requires the prioritisation of establishing a democratic peace with governance and reconciliation between...

First South Asian regional launch of the findings of the Open Budget Index (OBI)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) along with the International Budget Partnership (IBP), a Washington DC based non-profit organization and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA), a regional network based at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh organized the first South Asian regional launch of the findings of the Open Budget Index (OBI) in Colombo on...

Presidential Election 2010: Media Communiqu? No. 4

The CMEV brought to the attention of the Election Commissioner the illegal display of banners and cutouts in public places and within the premises Government Offices & buildings, by the letter dated 5th January 2010. CMEV appreciates the order given to the Police by the Elections Commissioner, to remove all illegal banners and cutouts from...