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Verité Research releases results of island-wide farmers’ survey on fertiliser ban
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On April 22, 2021, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced a ban on the import of chemical fertiliser in Sri Lanka. Verité Research conducted a “Farmers’ Pulse” telephone survey to elicit the views of farmers, on this policy and its expected impact. This is the first time that the perception of Sri...
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Over LKR 300 million spent on Gender-related KPIs, “No Progress” on 10 out of 12
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In 2018, the then Ministry of Women and Child Affairs developed 12 Gender-related Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs were developed to ensure that government agencies were committed towards achieving Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. In addition,...
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Verité Research hands over new study on due process to Minister of Justice
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Verité Research Executive Director Dr. Nishan de Mel handed over a report on Sri Lanka’s due process and preparedness during emergencies to Minister of Justice Ali Sabry earlier today (29 July). The purpose of the report was to study the Sri Lankan judiciary’s response to the challenges of COVID-19 and...
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Verité Research Launches Sri Lanka’s First Public Finance Platform
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Verité Research launched PublicFinance.lk, an online platform that will serve as a one-stop-shop for all public finance related information in Sri Lanka. Some of the most significant risks in the Sri Lankan economy stem from issues around publicfinance. However, data on public finance is often inaccessible and opaque. PublicFinance.lk is...
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Deshal de Mel joins Verité Research as a Research Director
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Former Advisor to the Finance Minister and economist Deshal de Mel joined Verité Research as a Research Director this month. Prior to joining Verité, Deshal functioned as the Economic Advisor to Minister of Finance Hon. Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Deshal has held advisory positions in both the private and public sector....
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China Harbour Engineering Company to respond to discussion on environmental impact of Port City Project
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Verité Research will be hosting the seminar “Colombo Port City Project: The Environmental Narrative” this week, featuring guest speaker Professor Naazima Kamardeen from the Faculty of Law at the University of Colombo. The seminar will highlight the gap in public understanding on the environmental impact of the Colombo Port City...
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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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