Marga Institute launches CLPD programme

Since 1972, throughout its existence of over three decades, Marga Institute as the Centre for Development Studies in Sri Lanka has provided timely and objective analysis of, and policy recommendations on a wide range of national problems. The principal activity of the Institute is to study and critically evaluate past and ongoing development.

In June 2010 Marga initiated a Continuing Learning and Professional Development (CLPD) Programme with the primary objective to disseminate knowledge, information and skills on approaches, ideas and techniques in the field of Development Studies and promote learning and professional growth. The Programme will also assist in

  • Gaining knowledge not addressed by conventional academic courses
  • Upgrading work - related skills
  • Obtaining up to date information and knowledge
  • Strengthening professional confidence and credibility and
  • Planning professional development and growth
    The CLPD Programme is designed for:
  • Policy and Decision makers including politicians and public servants
  • Senior Managers and staff in the private sector
  • Resource person of International Organizations and
  • Non Government Organizations
  • Scholars and Researchers
  • Media and
  • Aspiring and concerned members of the public
    The CLPD Programme offers:
  • Short courses on Research Methodology in Social Sciences. Series of courses on Development issues:
  • Health and Equity
  • Decentralization and Devolution
  • Environment
  • Contemporary Economic/Political/Sociological thought
  • Law and Society
  • Global Development trends
  • Concepts and Indicators of Development
  • Technology
  • Human Rights

The first short course, Research Methodology in Social Sciences, commenced on June 1 and a second course on Decentralization and Devolution: Principles and Practices is scheduled from July 19 to August 18 covering 10 sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m to 8 p.m
Course on Decentralization and Devolution.

Governments world over are turning to decentralization and devolution as the way forward in packaging governance in providing for the welfare of their citizens by getting closer to them.
Sri Lanka sought to reach out to the local communities by decentralizing its administration and later opted for devolution of power to provinces in responding to demands from the North and East for autonomy in regional governance. Despite the successful conclusion of the war the discourse on devolution continues.

Marga considers it relevant and duty bound to engage professionals in a learning discussion of the principles, practices and issues to analyze and understand coherently the experience so far, the required form and substance in the future, and how it works and does not work, in order to make informed choices as citizens of Sri Lanka.

The main objective of the course is to introduce the principles and practices of decentralization and devolution in the context of the emerging challenges of governance and development.
The Course will clarify the concepts of decentralization and devolution and examine the critical aspects of practices. It will also review the evolution of the practice.

The Course will enable participants to gain clarity in the understanding of the fundamentals of decentralization and devolution, its role in democratic governance and to analyze coherently the experiences of Sri Lanka.

For further details please go to and/ or call 011-288790/91,

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