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Re-visiting the “Sector Targeting” study: An overview of the methodology and taking stock of its impact

Author: Neluni Tillekeratne, Sri Lanka Project Officer

It has now been 10 years since Sri Lanka's three-decade-long civil conflict came to an end. In the period following the end of violence, Sri Lanka saw a surge in economic growth, due in part to increased investment in infrastructure. However, this surge was not sustained, and the economy's growth rate has slid back to moderate levels. As described in a...

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Working with the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority to Develop Resources for Creating and Analyzing Tourism Policy

Author: Ceylan Oymak, HKS MPP Student

Sri Lanka tends to conjure up a range of ideas by would-be tourists: its deeply intriguing history and relation to colonial powers, a 26-year civil-war with the Tamil Tigers, or, more simply, the paradisiac beaches, beautiful landscape, warmth of the people and the rich cuisine. I believe each of these things contribute differently to Sri Lanka becoming one of world’s top tourist destinations in the past few years.

High demand among foreigners to visit Sri Lanka surely presents wide opportunities for...

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My Summer Internship with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Author: Haiyang Zhang, HKS MPA/ID student

In a poetic reference, Sri Lanka is often described as “a teardrop of the Indian Ocean.” The island country is endowed with some of the world’s most scenic landscapes, a diverse culture, and a documented history that spans across three millennia. For a country that recently emerged from a 26-year-long civil war, Sri Lanka faces the challenge for transforming its short-lived peace dividend" into sustainable growth. 

Following the...

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Learning to improve Sri Lanka’s business and investment climate using PDIA

Originally published in the Building State Capability blog - Peter Harrington

This past week, the Building State Capability (BSC) program published two new papers about our work doing PDIA-in-practice in Sri Lanka.

The first paper is about working to improve Sri Lanka’s business and investment climate, and is the subject of this blog post. The second is about working to promote foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka, and will be covered in a separate post . 

Both papers follow on from our paper published earlier this year called ‘Learning to Target for Economic Diversification’. They all tell the story of dedicated and difficult work done by teams of Sri Lankan government officials who, with our support, used PDIA to solve critical problems facing Sri Lanka in its path to economic diversification and sustainable growth.... Read more about Learning to improve Sri Lanka’s business and investment climate using PDIA