Sri Lanka

Center for Poverty Analysis

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Colombo 7
Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka research programme


In recent years Sri Lanka has witnessed the end of a war that lasted the best part of three decades. 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 looks primarily at processes of post-conflict resettlement, exploring how resettled populations access basic services, livelihoods and social protection in a post-war context. More specifically, the research programme focuses 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 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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