Much has been said about Sri Lanka’s uniqueness among developing countries; no one can deny that the oldest population pyramid outside of wealthy countries. The demographic transition implies an…

Susrutha Goonasekera |

Large-scale public services and expenditure, especially those specifically designed for the poor, are vulnerable to leakages. Whether it is access to quality health care or education, clean water…

Parmesh Shah |

Start counting the poor in India and you are bound to get into controversy. In “A Comparative Perspective on Poverty Reduction in Brazil, China and India, ” Martin Ravallion (October 2009)…

Eliana Cardoso |

"Just like the Other Kids" could reach 300, 000 first and second graders this year. We like to think that our value added is our strong intellect and analytical skills combined with the…

Susan Hirshberg |

As a policy target, there is little doubt that it is desirable that government should ensure services for all. Breaking this down to a simple target of 100% access to a service, some local…

Mark Ellery |

In the film, Venus, an old and frail Peter O’Toole discovers the Greek goddess in the guise of his best friend’s niece. The ironic and good humored story explores the theme of the games played in…

Eliana Cardoso |

What’s the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of India? If you type the inquiry into Google now, a graph will immediately display the data ranging from 1960 to 2008 and a figure showing that it is…

Joe Qian |

The title of this post may seem a bit odd. What can an island of 20 million people and a diverse continent of 47 countries have in common? The answer: Both were thought to have initial advantages…

Shanta Devarajan |

Conflict affected young girl in a resettled village supported by the NEIAP project, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka So Australia is huffed that they have fallen behind South Africa and Sri Lanka, not in…

Chulie De Silva |

If it were possible to separate public services into a public good aspect and a private good aspect, then government could probably ensure better outcomes for the poor by focusing primarily on the…

Mark Ellery |