Interviews & Articles

Sri Lanka’s Right to Information – Subhashini Abeysinghe on LMDtv
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Improved access to information can lead to more informed, data-driven decision-making and better outcomes for the country. Watch Research Director Subhashini Abeysinghe discuss the importance of the RTI Act with LMDtv.
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ආනයන රෙගුලාසි පැනවීම – Nishan de Mel on Hiru Evening Newscast
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Executive Director Nishan de Mel speaks to Hiru News on the recently imposed import restrictions and their effect on government revenue, advocating ultimately for sound and critical policy analysis.
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Sri Lanka Inflation: Economic Emergency Causes Prices of Essential Goods to Soar – Nishan de Mel on CGTN News
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Executive Director speaks to CGTN News about the systemic causes of commodity hoarding and how an economic state of emergency can heighten the crises brought on by commodity hoarding.
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විදේශ විනිමය අනුපාතය – Nishan de Mel on Hiru Evening NewsCast
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Executive Director Nishan de Mel speaks to Hiru Evening News on the Central Bank's valuation of foreign exchange rates and how it could potentially lead to a deepening of the foreign exchange crisis Sri Lanka is facing.
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Quantifying COVID Clean-up of Air Quality in Colombo
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Published in the Daily Mirror Among the many tragic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been some positive offshoots as well. One of them is the improvement of Colombo’s air quality as a result of restricted movement to prevent...
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Sri Lanka Declares Economic Emergency – Nishan de Mel on Al Jazeera Inside Story
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Executive Director Nishan de Mel appears on Al Jazeera's Inside Story segment alongside State Minister Ajith Nivaard Cabraal and MP Harsha de Silva to discuss the sudden depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee and the recent forex crisis.
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රසායනික පොහොර නැතිකම වැඩිපුර දැනෙන්නේ කාට ද? – Nishan de Mel on Pathikada
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Executive Director joins Pathikada on News1st to discuss the Farmers' Pulse survey regarding the chemical fertilizer ban in Sri Lanka.
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Effectiveness of Tax Amnesty in Sri Lanka
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Published in the DailyFT On 9 July 2021, the government gazetted a new finance bill aimed to indemnify individuals who voluntarily disclose their hitherto undisclosed income—that is to a provide a tax amnesty. A tax amnesty is a limited-time opportunity...
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Sound Analysis Critical for Economy – Deshal de Mel on Newsline
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Research Director Deshal de Mel appears on Newsline to talk about Sri Lanka being recently reclassified as a low-middle-income country and the necessity of sound analyses to overcome Sri Lanka's recent economic struggles.
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Making Public Data Public: Sri Lanka Misses Its Own Targets While India Races Ahead
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Published in the Daily Mirror In Sri Lanka, the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) is the primary government agency responsible for collecting and providing access to data that can be used for statistical analysis. The stated vision of the...
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