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The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), in collaboration with the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network, is organising a training workshop on Measuring and Analysing Poverty from 20-24 February 2012, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The workshop aims to provide participants with an intensive training on some of the most updated methodologies and tools for policy analysis in the field of development economics.

Teaching Resources

Resource persons

The training will be provided by an experienced team of researchers:

  • Dr. Dileni Gunewardena holds a doctorate in Economics from American University, Washington, D.C and a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, where she is a Senior Lecturer. Her research is mainly in Development Microeconomics and includes empirical analyses relating to poverty measurement, child nutrition, gender wage inequality and ethnic inequality in Sri Lanka and in Vietnam. Dileni has contributed to several of the World Bank poverty profiles on Sri Lanka as well as to the first National Human Development Report on Sri Lanka and the first report on progress toward the Millennium Development Goals in Sri Lanka. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, World Food Programme, and the World Bank. She has taught short courses for the World Bank Institute's South Asia Region Workshops. She is a member of the steering committee of the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network and a member of the Centre for Poverty Analysis.
  • Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka has been working as a development economist in Sri Lanka since graduating from the Universities of London and Oxford in 1992-93. Her research has concentrated on poverty alleviation, rural development, microfinance and labour market issues in Sri Lanka, and more recently, on the determinants of subjective well-being in rural and urban China. In 2006 she received her PhD in Applied Econometrics from Monash University, Australia, for her thesis on income distribution in Sri Lanka after economic liberalization. She is an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, and has published several articles in internationally refereed journals. She has worked as an independent consultant for many international organisations such as the ADB, GTZ, ILO, Sida, UNDP and the World Bank.
  • Dr. Geetha Mayadunne is a Senior Research Professional at CEPA and has over 15 years of experience on research related to development issues. Geetha holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Colombo, a Master of Economics degree with specialization in Econometrics from Monash University Australia, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Peradeniya.  At CEPA, she is involved in Poverty Assessment and Measurement studies, and her areas of research interests includes Absolute and Relative poverty, Multi Dimensional Poverty and evaluation of information systems for identification of deprivation with respect to a wide array of dimensions.
  • Dr. Indunil De Silva is an independent consultant economist providing technical and policy advisory support on pro-poor economic policies, macro-econometric modeling and policy scenario analysis, measuring and modeling of poverty and inequality, emerging issues (food, fuel and financial crises), and formulation of national development plans/poverty reduction strategies. He has worked with ADB-Sri Lanka, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Center in Colombo, and as a visiting assistant professor of economics at the Texas Tech University. He holds a doctorate in Economics and has published several economic research articles in leading peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Economic Studies, Journal of Applied Economic Research, International Journal of Social Economics, and International Journal of Development Issues.
  • Ms. Nilakshi de Silva is a Senior Professional at CEPA where she has been involved in a number of research assignments looking at poverty and development issues using mixed method approaches. These include monitoring the resettlement of households displaced by the southern transport development project, measuring multidimensional poverty in Badulla District, and understanding the drivers of inclusive growth at the district, community and household levels. Nilakshi holds a BA (Social Sciences) from Monash University Australia and has a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University, USA. Prior to joining CEPA, she worked for the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Ms. Ishara Ratnayake is a Research Professional at CEPA and has over 8 years of experience on research related to poverty. Ishara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, specialising in Agricultural Economics and holds an M.Phil from the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. At CEPA, she is involved in knowledge management and research dissemination activities including the web-based information resource portal on poverty ( She is interested in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and has been involved in a number of assignments at CEPA including preparing background papers for the country strategy of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).




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