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 […]
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 […]
The Right to Information Act comes into effect today – the 3rd of February 2017. Here are some key facts on the act’s purpose, the information accessible through it and how to get about filing a request for information. Access the act in English, Sinhala and Tamil.
Human Rights Day (December 10th) gives us an opportunity to reflect on the successes and more importantly, the failures in addressing human rights-related issues in Sri Lanka, and to hopefully use this evaluation as a guideline for the years ahead. This is not an exhaustive overview but provides an insight into issues that have been […]
Development for tourism in some parts of Sri Lanka is a speeding train set on a collision course with the basic human rights of some of the island’s most vulnerable communities. The country recorded a 16.7% increase in foreign arrivals from 2015 to 2016 and new properties continuously spring up around the island. However, the […]
7 September 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In 2016, CPA turns 20. What does 20 years give us? Perspective – the experience few others have to see how things evolve, why things matter, and how to shape intended outcomes. Knowledge – we have worked at every level of civil society since, and at times with some […]
The Centre for Policy Alternatives celebrated its 20th anniversary on the 17th of June 2016. Several senior members of the staff shared their memories of CPA, reflections on the impact the organisation has had and its relevance for the future.