Marga Institute - Centre for Development Studies

Civil Society Forum

The Marga Institute started as a civil society initiative in the early seventies (Incorporated in 1972) and developed over a span of four decades. The ideas leading to the establishment of the Marga Institute took shape in the late nineteen sixties, among a group of public officers, academics and professionals.

Over the years the Institute has organized a number of seminars on public issues. The institute has also sponsored institutions and come up with initiatives to involve civil society in the resolution of ethnic (More...)

Education, Training, Library Services and Information

Education & Training

Marga Institute, Centre for Development Studies, utilizing it’s unique experience over three decades in the field of Development Studies is pleased to offer three courses through it’s Continuing learning and Professional Development (CLDP) Programme. ;

  1. MA in Development Studies and Public Policy (In collaboration with the Open University of Sri (More...)

Publications

Marga Publications include the research work of the Institute, the Marga journal and the Translation Programme. These could be purchased from the Marga bookshop (Publication Division) or at  leading  bookstores  in  and  around the City of Colombo.

Translation programme

The translation programme which led to Marga publications was complementary to the main focus of the Institute’s work. It met a felt need in the field of higher learning in Sri (More...)

Development Research

The principal activity of the Marga Institute has been the study and critical evaluation of past and on-going development processes in Sri Lanka. It approaches and analyses development as a process and as a condition in which economic growth, social equity, political freedom and participation are integrally linked and must reinforce one another. Its programme of research therefore covers three main areas of development-economic, social and political. Consequently, it draws on a wide range of social science disciplines and brings a (More...)

Marga Documents

Recent work carried out by the institute is featured in this section.

To download documents please click on the link provided

Truth and Accountablity

  • Position paper on UNHCR and Sri Lnka - download
  • Highlights of Marga Seminar on Accountability - download
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