Networking for Advancement of Solutions to Emerging Issues (NEASE)

The Center for Development Research and Interventions (CDRI), Sri Lanka, as a community oriented research organization comprising academics drawn from the University of Colombo and several other academic institutions and development practitioners, has identified a need for a network of academics and development practitioners to work on sustainable solutions to address social and economic issues that have arisen as a result of the Covid19 pandemic.

Given the nature of the emergent issues, we strongly feel that such solutions need to be found within the framework of SDG’s, with a particular focus on Hunger, inequality, unemployment, Gender inequality and strengthening partnerships. The proposal that we submitted to the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), UK was accepted and its implementation will be supported by the Academy until October 2021.

The creation of the network is expected to facilitate learning and sharing of international experiences and potential solutions to social and economic issues such as the ones that have been created by the COVID 19 Pandemic.

The CDRI project team under the leadership of Professor Siri Hettige, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Colombo will reach out to potential academics and development practitioners from the Asian region and other countries in Europe and elsewhere and invite them to join the network.

In the meantime, we encourage interested individuals to get in touch with Prof. Siri Hettige via to seek further information about this initiative. You can also read the Project Brief here.