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As Sri Lanka’s Economy Grows, Commercial Disputes Heat Up

March 27, 2013

Despite decades of internal conflict, Sri Lanka now boasts high-income growth and a notable reduction in human development index shortfall, according to the just-released 2013 Human Development Report entitled, “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World.”

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Inaugural LankaCorps Alumni Share Experiences with Sri Lankan Diaspora

March 27, 2013

In July 2012, five strangers – Ann Selvadurai, Sabina Martyn, Seshma Kumararatne, Sahani Chandraratna, and Sivashankar Krishnakumar – boarded a plane to Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, under the auspices of a unique Asia Foundation fellowship program.

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Asia Foundation Accepting Applications for LankaCorps

January 30, 2013

The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for LankaCorps, a unique fellowship opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in development activities in Sri Lanka. Those who are selected will be placed across the country with host organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for six months.  Learn how to […]

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In Post-Conflict Sri Lanka, Language is Essential for Reconciliation

January 16, 2013

As a Canadian of Sri Lankan heritage, I am part of the growing diaspora living in the West who grew up speaking English as my first language. Since arriving in Sri Lanka as a LankaCorps Fellow I have been able to explore my “mother tongue,” taking lessons in both Tamil and Sinhala.

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Asia Shows Courage for Change

October 24, 2012

Earlier this month, I attended the 2012 IMF-World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo for the first time and, as expected, talks about the eurozone crisis dominated discussions. However, some very compelling conversations revolving around Asia’s role in this environment and beyond…

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The Island Profiles Inaugural LankaCorps Fellows

October 17, 2012

For Sivashankar Krishnakumar, an electrical engineer from California who is placed with the Foundation of Goodness, organizing the Murali Harmony Cup was a stimulating experience, opening vistas hitherto unexplored. Born in Jaffna, Sivashankar left for the U.S. with his family as a young boy…

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Bicycle Patrols Rebuild Trust Between Sri Lanka’s Police and Communities

July 25, 2012

Still recovering from the effects of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009, Sri Lanka is now seeing hopeful signs that one of its deepest wounds – the relationship between the police and the community – is improving. During the war, police were often preoccupied with counter-insurgency and national security.

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In The News

South Asia Women Parliamentarians Take Lead

July 11, 2012

At the opening day of the South Asia Women Parliamentarians’ Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr. Miria Matembe, former member of parliament from Uganda, voiced an increasingly common theme: “The issue of women’s participation in politics is no longer in contention. What is central to the debate now is how to make their participation effective enough to influence the governance agenda and make it responsive to women’s interests, needs, and concerns.” But, despite what seems like a growing consensus around this idea, still just 19.5 percent of the world’s parliamentarians are women.

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New Survey in Post-War Sri Lanka Examines Ethno-Religious Relationships

July 11, 2012

Few countries in the world possess the level of ethno-religious pluralism found in Sri Lanka. The country is home to two national languages, Sinhala and Tamil, and four major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. In Sri Lanka, ethnicity and religion are intertwined…

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Community Mediation in Sri Lanka

April 25, 2012

For most Sri Lankans, resolving disputes through the nation’s beleaguered formal courts is not an option. Despite efforts to improve efficiency, courts are weighed down by excessive case loads and limited capacity, and high litigation costs make access to courts prohibitive for most.

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