Post-war Development in Asia and
The 13th Annual CEPA Symposium
1-3 September 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) organized its Annual Symposium this year in collaboration with the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). The event took the form of an International Conference on Post-War Development in Asia and Africa and was held in Colombo from the 1-3rd September 2014 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 7. The conference was preceded by an inauguration on the 31st of August.
Africa and Asia, home to an overwhelming majority of the world’s population, have also witnessed the most intense and protracted armed conflicts over the past several decades. The countries recuperating from war and conflict in Asia and Africa do so under differing and unique conditions, but many of the challenges they face are not particularly unique. Conceived as a multi-stake holder forum, the symposium looked to a) inform and render post-war development policies and practice more evidence based, and b) enable learning and dialogue between post-war polities through discussion of trends, differences, special cases and best practices.
The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) is an independent think tank working primarily in Sri Lanka. In research and monitoring and evaluation, CEPA’s experience has straddled many sectors and thematic areas: resettlement, conflict, infrastructure (roads, energy, and water and sanitation), plantations and migration. Poverty, gender and environmental analyses are mainstreamed into CEPA’s work. CEPA has developed fresh and challenging perspectives on poverty; explored alternative dimensions; conducted in-depth analyses of specific poverty conditions; contributed to a better understanding of poverty in Sri Lanka and formulated policy initiatives to alleviate the multi-dimensional facets of poverty.
The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) is a six year global research programme supported by DFID, exploring livelihoods, basic services and social protection in conflict-affected situations. SLRC was established in 2011 with the aim of strengthening the evidence base and informing policy and practice around livelihoods and services in conflict. SLRC’s research focuses on eight core countries, covering a range of conflict-affected situations: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nepal , Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Sierra Leone.