Marga Institute - Centre for Development Studies



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 Lanka.

The programme was preceded by a survey of the Sinhala reading public which helped to identify the gaps particularly in the field of social sciences. The objective was to translate approximately 100 books into the Sinhala language and by so doing provide the Sinhala educated intelligentsia with a substantial body of writing in the social sciences. These writings were selected from the works of eminent experts and thinkers in the relevant disciplines and represented different schools of thought. The authors included Myrdal, Baur, Sweezey, Baran, Wriggins, Rostow, Prebisch, Heilbroner, Kindleberger, Worsely, Almond and Coleman among many others. The programme also included a few well-known modern creative works such as Camus’s “Plague”, Silone’s “Fontemara”, Solzenitsyn’s “One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch”, Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, Lederer’s “The Ugly American”. A few of the Marga publications have been translated into Tamil.

The Institute’s objective has been to provide reading material in both Sinhala and Tamil, in keeping with its vision of a multi-ethnic society.

Publications of the Marga Institute

  • The demographic transition of Sri Lanka- A socio-economic analysis- Nimal Sanderatne and Sharmini de Alwis (Price – Rs. 450/=)
  • Towards a Sri Lankan model of development- a collection of writings of Godfrey Gunatilleke (Price – Rs. 1200/=)
  • Overview of the Local Government System: Towards Participatory Democracy in Sri Lankan Society – price Rs.200.00
  • Potency, Power, and People in Groups, by Dr. Michael Roberts – price Rs.800.00
  • The Law Governing Public Administration in Sri Lanka, by Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya – price Rs.1250.00
  • Introducing Democracy: 80 Questions & Answers, by David Beetham & Kevin Boyle – price Rs.500.00

Mara Publications Price List.

Also available for Sale – History of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

  • Tamil and Muslim identities in the east – Dennis B. McGilvray(No.24 of 30)
  • Globalisation and conflict –Rohan Bastian (No.23 of 30)
  • Militants, Militarism and the crisis of (Tamil) nationalism –S. Sumathi( No.22 of 30) Stage Managing the Décor: Gender, ethnicity and conflict-Radhika Coomaraswamy(No.11 of 30)
  • The Sri Lankan ethnic crisis – A Tamil perspective –Karthigesu Sivathamby (No.25 of 30)
  • The Sri Lankan theatre in the past two decades-Ranjini Obeysekera (No.26 of 30)
  • The international dimension of the Sri Lankan Conflict: threat and response- Dr. Rohan Gunaratna (No.27 of 30) The role of the Sangha in the Reconciliation process- C.R. de Silva and T. Bartholomeusz (No.16 of 19)
  • Beyond the talks: Towards transformative peace in Sri Lanka – Jayadeva Uyangoda(No. 13 of 30)
  • Primordialist strands in contemporary Sinhala nationalism in Sri Lanka: Urumaya as Ur –Michael Roberts(No.20 of 30) The sixth genre: Memory, history and the Tamil Diaspora imagination – R.Cheran (No.7 0f 19)
  • Identity on the Borderline: Multicultural History in a moment of danger- Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake (No. 12 of 19)
  • The role of the Churches in the Ethnic Conflict –Neville Jayaweera(No.17 of 19)

Marga Journal

The Marga Journal pre-dates the Institute by approximately one year. The founders of the Institute first came together to publish the Marga Quarterly Journal.

The Marga Journal is brought out twice a year by the Institute. Each issue is devoted to a specific subject. Omnibus volumes carry the edited versions of the main presentations at Marga Seminars as well as commissioned articles. There are approximately 10,000 back copies and 100 journals covering a wide range of development issues over a period of 35 years. Many of the articles are authored by scholars and professionals involved in the process of planning and policy-making and provide valuable insights into the evolution of development processes and policies in Sri Lanka. Several issues of the Journals are now available in electronic form. To obtain electronic copies of selected articles or for more information on the contents of the past journals please contact the Librarian.

The Institute operates an Exchange Programme with other Research Institutes and Universities. The Institute has reorganized the publication of the Marga Journal and the first two volumes of the new series which are titled:- “Peace and Reconciliation” and “Burden of Disease and Equity” are available now. The forthcoming issue is “Youth Risk Behavior and Health in Conflict Situation.”

 New Publications available

The demographic transition of Sri Lanka- A socio-economic analysis- Nimal Sanderatne and Sharmini de Alwis (Price – Rs. 450/=)
Towards a Sri Lankan model of development- a collection of writings of Godfrey Gunatilleke (Price – Rs. 1200/=)


The Sinhala translation of “The Law Governing Public Administration in Sri Lanka”, by Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya – price Rs.1250.00

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Forthcoming Publications

  • The Right to Development – A Sri Lanka Perspective
  • Paths to Development – The story of the Marga Institute
  • The Right to Education, Food, and Nutrition, Health in Sri Lanka
  • Economics of Pension and Social Security in South Asia – Sri Lanka Country Study
  • Care for the Aged:- Institutional Provisions and Social Security

For further information please contact

Mr. Saman Amarasinghe, Publications Officer
Marga Institute, No. 941/1, Jayanthi Mawatha, Kotte Road, Ethul Kotte.
Tel : 0094 011 2888790,0094 011 2888791 Fax: 0094 011 2888794