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Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA)

  • Country: Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Date Established: 2001
  • Executive Director: Udan Fernando
  • Research areas: Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Evaluation, Governance, Social Policy
CEPA aims to build on a decade of independent analysis and communication, so that all Sri Lankans have access to non-partisan, robust evidence that encourages them to hold government accountable for its actions, especially those affecting vulnerable women, men, and children.

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) is an independent non-profit organization promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues in Sri Lanka. CEPA aims to shape policy in Sri Lanka, as well as regionally and internationally, by providing analysis on the causes, characteristics, and impacts of poverty. CEPA’s research themes are urban poverty, child poverty, resettlement, infrastructure services, conflict, aid effectiveness, inequality and the multiple dimensions of poverty.

CEPA’s approach emphasizes independent analysis, developing the capacity of development actors, and seeking opportunities for policy influence. It also mainstreams gender and environmental analyses into all of its work. In addition to its long-term program, CEPA undertakes assignments for donors and international NGOs, as well as local NGOs and government. The Centre has used its expertise to assist clients to design programmes, prioritze pro-poor interventions, construct monitoring systems, carry out inprocess monitoring and independent external evaluations and to develop organizational capacity in project design, monitoring and evaluation. It has also developed the capacity to moderate discussion, to facilitate dialogue among diverse stakeholders and to engage in knowledge management.