Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 June, 2016

Seven Years Since

Seven Years Since. Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu It is now seven years since the end of the war and the onset of a post-war situation.  In that time the roots of conflict were not addressed but sustained and even reproduced. In the North and East, people observed that things may have looked better, but felt worse.  […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 June, 2016

Reconciliation and Unity: Warnings

Reconciliation and Unity: Warnings  Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Recent developments in the north and east have raised concerns on the one hand of a purported LTTE revival and on the other about the continued use of the PTA to arrest Tamil citizens and of the modalities of the arrests being reminiscent of the Rajapaksa era.  Some 23 […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 June, 2016

A Matter of Trust and Confidence

A Matter of Trust and Confidence Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu  In the transition from the populist authoritarian recent past to government conducted with governance, public trust and confidence in institutions and processes of government is pivotal.  That trust and confidence is what provides the oxygen for the transition and the reform it entails  – a diminution […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 June, 2016

Let’s talk in the New Year; the Government to the People

Let’s talk in the New Year; the Government to the People Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu It has been some years since I wrote a column for a mainstream newspaper.  Looking back on it, I gave up writing for a combination of reasons, which oscillated from being bored and tired of saying the same thing to focusing on […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 7 March, 2016

Vilaasam – March 2016

March 5th, 2016 – The Outreach and Capacity Building team of the CPA, working together with the Central Provincial Council and the management of the Mocha Estate, helped provide addresses to 1,500 families of the plantation sector in Maskeliya. ‘Vilaasam’, a project inaugurated in 2013 began by providing road names and addresses to families living […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 10 December, 2015

Commemorating International Human Rights Day 2015: Some Reflections on the Situation in Sri Lanka

With the political transition in 2015, Human Rights Day this year provides us an opportunity to reflect on the situation in Sri Lanka, identify areas for improvement and work towards realising greater respect, protection and promotion of human rights for all citizens. We have experienced and continue to experience a multiplicity of human rights challenges […]

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Centre for Policy Alternatives on 17 July, 2015

Rooting Participatory Budget Practices for Transparent and Accountable Local Governance

Local governance is widely recognized as the best training ground in which the citizen can learn the art of governance through their own experiences and the reality that exists around them. Local government which is the third layer of country’s administration is also always, in all circumstances, considered as the important vehicle and the only […]

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