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TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: Centre for Poverty Analysis

This funding will strengthen the Centre for Poverty Analysis' (CEPA) role as a credible public policy institution in Sri Lanka by enhancing its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About the Centre for Poverty Analysis
CEPA is an independent non-profit organization that promotes better understanding of poverty-related development issues in Sri Lanka. The centre aims to shape policy in Sri Lanka, 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. It receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Partnering for strong institutions
TTI is a multi-funder program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

This second TTI phase (2014?2019) will fund 43 institutions, helping them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally. For CEPA, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Stronger institution, stronger voice
Through this support over the next 4.5 years, CEPA is expected to
-become a nationally and internationally recognized research organization
-have the capacity to generate knowledge, influence policy, and contribute to development discourse
-build skills and knowledge to carry out robust research in key areas
-develop strong alliances with other knowledge providers and policy influencers
-contribute to and shape the emerging discussions about sustainable development for all
-enhance its communications, research quality, learning, and finance and administration capabilities.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
Seema Bhatia-Panthaki
Total Funding
CA$ 892,000.00
Sri Lanka
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Sri Lanka
Project Leader
Priyanthi Fernando
Centre for Poverty Analysis