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The Sri Lanka research programme

Sri Lanka has just witnessed the end of a protracted war that lasted the best part of three decades, the roots and causes of which are multiple and complex. Post-war development strategies in the north and east of the country, pursued by both the government and donors, have focused largely on economic recovery. Yet, while such strategies are based on the notion that state legitimacy can be won through economic development, the impacts of this approach have yet to be properly assessed.

SLRC’s Sri Lanka research programme will look primarily at processes of post-conflict resettlement, exploring how resettled populations are accessing basic services, livelihoods and social protection in a post-war context. More specifically, the research programme will focus on the impacts of the actions of state, non-state and private sector actors on small-scale fisher households in the north and east of Sri Lanka during the post-conflict rehabilitation phase. Fishing is an important livelihood activity in the coastal north and east, and is also believed to be a sector which could potentially contribute quite significantly to the growth of the national economy. In addition, the focus on small-scale fishing as an important source of livelihoods will help capture subsidiary and alternative livelihood options, such as migration for employment, which women and men adopted during the course of the conflict as coping strategies. Finally, the programme will also help us to understand how macro-level policy decisions have impacted upon women and men in poor fishing families in the post-war period.

The research programme is guided by two core research themes:

  1. Experiences of resettlement and state-society relations
  2. Getting better or getting worse? A longitudinal study of fisher household livelihood trajectories in the north and east of Sri Lanka

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The team

The Sri Lanka Research Programme is being led by the
Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), based in Colombo,
Sri Lanka.

Contact us

For further information about the SLRC Sri Lanka Research Programme, or to get hold of hard copies of any our publications please contact:

29 R G Senanayake Mawatha
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka
Tel: 0094 11 267 6955 / 11 469 0200
Fax: 0094 11 267 6959 
Email: slrc@odi.org.uk