Press Releases

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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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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