Our work programme consists of following areas
• Development Research
• Education & Training
• Civil Society Forum Discussions
The Institute has defined its research framework and research priorities through a continuous and sustained process in which it draws on the intellectual capital it has gained and the research networks it has established over the long period of its existence.
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 multi-disciplinary approach to its work.
Since its inception, the Institute has been recognized as the need to consider national issues in the wider context of regional concerns and global changes. As a result, over the years, Marga has established strong links with like-minded individuals and institutions both in the Asian region and at the international level.
During the last 48 years, The Marga Institute has gained wide acceptance and recognition, both locally as well as internationally. Today, it is recognized and known as one of the premier Centres for Development Studies in Sri Lanka. It has contributed positively to the formulation of development policy, both at the national and global level. The Institute has carried out over 1500 research studies during the last 48 years.
Marga Institute has completed approximately 1500 studies covering the following fields:
- Children/ Youth/Women
- Population/ Migration
- Education/ Health/Housing/ Social Policy
- Human Rights
- Ethnic Studies
- Regional Cooperation
EDUCATION, TRAINING, LIBRARY SERVICES AND INFORMATION
Marga Institute, utilizing its unique experience over three decades in the field of Development Studies is pleased to offer courses through its Education and Training Programme.
- Certificate Course in Statistics in Research with a guide to SPSS and
- Research Methodology
CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM/ MIDDLE GROUND
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 conflict.
One of the key initiatives that were taken in the formation of citizens committees is the establishment and sponsorship of Peoples’ Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) which addresses the issue of political violence.
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.
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”, Solzhenitsyn’s “One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, 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.
The Marga Institute was set up in 1972 as independent non-profit development research & training center with an activist arm that engages with civil society organizations in public debate and discourse.
Web Solution by Nimantha Dias
# 941/1, Jayanthi Mawatha, Kotte Road,
Ethul Kotte, SriLanka.