Backwards in Blacklisting: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s Procurement Framework Enable Corruption

Backwards in Blacklisting: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s Procurement Framework Enable Corruption
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The research brief titled "Backwards in Blacklisting: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s Procurement Framework Enable Corruption" by Verité Research, published in November 2023, critically evaluates Sri Lanka's public procurement system. It highlights two significant gaps: the legal gap, where procurement guidelines...
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Personal Laws – An Analysis on Legal Gaps and Context
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Sri Lanka has specific personal laws applicable to distinct ethnic and religious groups, such as Kandyan law, Muslim law and Tesawlamai law. Critics, both domestically and internationally, have raised concerns about discriminatory provisions in Sri Lanka's personal laws that contradict...
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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace — Overcoming Barriers to Justice
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This report provides a legal gap analysis on sexual harassment through a non-discriminative lens of gender and sexual construct, which compares Sri Lanka’s international obligations against the national laws on sexual harassment at the workplace. International legislative  practices as identified from...
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Sri Lanka: Resolution 30/1 Implementation Monitor — March 2023
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This is Verité Research’s study on the Sri Lankan government’s progress in fulfilling the commitments on reconciliation and accountability in UNHRC Resolution 30/1. At the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September and October 2022,...
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Retirement Funds Face Regressive Taxation in Sri Lanka
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In September 2023, Sri Lanka became the only country to restructure local currency debt by exclusively targeting retirement savings funds, excluding all others. This was justified by claiming that retirement savings were receiving preferential tax treatment. This insight finds both...
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English Executive Summary : Online Proactive Disclosure under the RTI Act in Sri Lanka
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Verité Research developed the methodology for this assessment in 2017 with the support of the World Bank and assessed the compliance of 55 public authorities with their online proactive disclosure requirements under the RTI Act. The same methodology was adopted...
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Online Proactive Disclosure under the RTI Act in Sri Lanka: Ranking Public Authorities
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Verité Research developed the methodology for this assessment in 2017 with the support of the World Bank and assessed the compliance of 55 public authorities with their online proactive disclosure requirements under the RTI Act. The same methodology was adopted...
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Sri Lanka falls behind Least Developed Countries in Trade Facilitation
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While there may be numerous factors contributing to Sri Lanka’s sluggish export performance, this background note highlights an important one that puts Sri Lankan exporters at a disadvantage: the failure of the government to facilitate trade by making import and...
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Foregoing Competition to Secure Funding for Public Infrastructure
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In 2010, Sri Lanka established a unique framework, overseen by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Review Committee (SCARC), to handle unsolicited proposals (USPs) for public infrastructure funding. These USPs inherently bypass traditional competitive bidding in procurement. The report, 'Foregoing Competition to...
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Regulating social media in Sri Lanka: An Analysis of the Legal and Non-Legal Regulatory Frameworks in the Context of Hate Speech and Disinformation
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Regulation of social media in Sri Lanka encompasses both a formal and alternative non-legal framework. The study explores the existing legal and non-legal frameworks to regulate the spread of disinformation and hate speech on social media. Thereby, it presents potential implications of the spread of...
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