Sri Lanka’s Post-war Defence Budget: Overspending and Underprotection

Sri Lanka’s Post-war Defence Budget: Overspending and Underprotection

Daniel Alphonsus

Following the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, there have been no major changes to the size or composition of Sri Lanka’s defence budget. The change in the strategic environment is not reflected in the formulation of the defence budget. The presentation provided an overview of the first systematic review of Sri Lanka’s defence budget. It used newly available historical and comparative data to answer two questions: (i) the allocative question, how much should Sri Lanka spend on defence and (ii) the efficiency question, how should the defence budget be spent.

Daniel Alphonsus was an advisor to Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister. He has also worked at the Foreign Ministry and at Verité Research. Daniel has a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

Date: Thursday, 30th January 2020

Time: 4PM – 5.30PM

Venue: Verité Research, Conference Room

No.5 A, Police Park Place, Colombo 5,

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