Press Releases

Media Ownership Monitor: Who owns the media in Sri Lanka and how much?
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The Media Ownership Monitor is an international platform that traces and identifies the owners behind the key media outlets in different countries. As a pioneering initiative between the German Section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Verité Research, the Media Ownership Monitor platform has been updated to include Sri Lanka,...
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Budget Promises: 33% Broken, Neglected or Undisclosed, Only 8% on Track
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Budget Promises: Beyond Parliament is Sri Lanka’s pioneering budget monitoring platform. It tracks the government’s performance and openness on key promises made in its annual budget. The platform is motivated by two basic questions: (1) Is the government doing what it is saying? and (2) Is it saying what it...
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Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment signs MoU with Verité Research
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Left to Right: Dr. Nishan de Mel (Executive Director – Verité Research), Mr. L. M. K. Muthukumarana (Deputy General Manager – Legal & Airport), Mr. W.M.V. Wansekara, (Acting General Manager – SLBFE) The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Verité Research. Verité...
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Verité Research launches results of the Open Budget Survey 2017
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Budget Openness: Sri Lanka Needs Higher Standards Today is the global release of the latest Open Budget Survey, which scores 115 countries on the openness of their budget process. The Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world’s only independent, comparative assessment of information disclosure in public budgets. In 2015, Sri...
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2017 budget promises: 35% near completion, 24% broken
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2017 budget promises: 35% near completion, 24% broken   Every November, the government makes promises to the public in the form of budget proposals. These proposals are debated widely and given a lot of attention at the time. Yet very little information is available afterwards. “Budget Promises – Beyond Parliament”...
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2017 Budget Promises: Mostly Concealed or Breached
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“Budget Promises – Beyond Parliament” (www.budgetpromises.org) is a pioneering online platform developed by Verité Research. This platform takes stock of the government’s track record in executing the 2017 budget promises during the first six months of the year. It asks two basic questions about the government budget: Are they saying...
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Tracking the Promises of ‘Yahapalanaya’
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Tracking the promises of ‘yahapalanaya’ – Manthri.lk launches its General Election Manifesto Tracker The National Unity Government is fast approaching the half-way mark of their term in office. Running under two coalitions, the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the new government...
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Right to Information: Discourse and Compliance in Sri Lanka
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Right to Information: Discourse and Compliance Verité Research, together with Democracy Reporting International (DRI) launched a paper titled ‘Right to Information: Discourse and Compliance’, on the 27th of February at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute. The paper presented practical recommendations for the implementation of the RTI Act. The seminar included a...
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Facilitating Trademark Registration
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Facilitating Trademark Registration: Towards creating globally recognised Sri Lankan brands Sri Lankan businesses go through a lengthy and costly process to register their trademarks abroad. As a solution, the Government of Sri Lanka decided to join the Madrid Protocol. This is a centralised global system that simplifies the process Sri...
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