Tag: South Asia

Sustainable Development Policy institute (SDPI)

SDPI was founded in August 1992 on the recommendation of the Pakistan National Conservation Strategy (NCS), also called Pakistan’s Agenda 21. The NCS placed Pakistan’s socio-economic development within the context of a national environmental plan. This highly acclaimed document, approved by the Federal Cabinet in March 1992, outlined the need for an independent non-profit organization to serve as a source of expertise for policy analysis and development, policy intervention, and policy and program advisory services. SDPI is registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute provides the global sustainable development community with representation from Pakistan as well as South Asia as a whole.

The Institute's mission is:

To catalyse the transition towards sustainable development, defined as the enhancement of peace, social justice and well-being, within and across generations.

Contact Information: 
38 Embassy Road, G-6/3
44000 Islamabad

Centre for Poverty Analysis

The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) was established in May 2001. CEPA is an independent, Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty related development issues. CEPA  is registered as a non-profit company funded by undertaking assignments for clients and by long-term funding for programme work. Clients are typically donors and international NGOs, with some demand for CEPA services being generated by local NGOs and government.

Core Beliefs:

Poverty is an injustice that should be overcome. 
Overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty.


To be the leading organisation providing independent analysis of poverty, shaping policy in Sri Lanka and the region.


  • To provide independent analysis on the causes, characteristics and impacts of poverty
  • To share specialist knowledge and experience with development organisations and other development actors at the local and international level
  • To contribute to policy dialogue and help determine poverty oriented policy, at all levels of decision-making
  • To influence the mainstream development discourse and highlight related cross-cutting issues
  • To be a local and regional hub for learning and sharing knowledge on development and poverty.
Contact Information: 
29, Gregory's Road
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka

Energy Forum Sri Lanka


The Energy Forum was established with the participation of renewable and decentralized energy technology NGOs, private-sector firms, government agencies, and prominent energy community members in Sri Lanka to address their common issues in 1991.  The Energy Forum which was originally a project of ITDG became a non profit organization in 1999.
The great success of Energy Forum has been its bottom-up focus. Starting from the grassroots, the Energy Forum convinced local Community Based Organisations of their role in addressing the energy needs of the communities they serve. From there, the Energy Forum networked at District, Provincial and National levels, resulting in the establishment of an energy network. 

One of the key achievements of the Energy Forum has been the establishment of the Federation of Electrical Consumer Societies (FECS) to give end users and consumers a voice in the decision-making process regarding off-grid energy.  The FECS now has around 200 ECS members, representing over 10,000 off-grid powered households.

The Energy Forum plays an active role as an organization specialising in the field of energy and waste management and has made significant contributions to the promotion of the renewable energy technologies and delivery systems and sustainable waste management practices.
Contact Information: 
10/5, 1/1, Averihena Road
Kirulapone, Colombo-05
Sri Lanka

Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL)

Two decades ago the notion of Climate Change was labeled as far fetched, while in Sri Lanka, the term was almost unheard of. However today, Climate Change is not only one of the most discussed topics in every part of the world but is also an issue that has become alarmingly very real, to each and every one of us. The threats of Climate Change are felt all over the world; freak patterns of weather, sea level rising and threats to island nations have become issues as urgent and important as terrorism and poverty.

Increasing levels of temperature as a result of Climate Change is already giving rise to fear that Sri Lanka’s agriculture based economy will suffer – affecting foreign currency generating crops such as tea and rubber.

In response to the growing demand for knowledge on how Sri Lanka plans to address Climate Change, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has established the Climate Change Secretariat to take comprehensive action to contribute towards local, regional and global efforts in combating Climate change and to integrate unavoidable climate change scenarios into national sustainable development plans and address these issues at the national level.

EFL has over the years carried out information dissemination and distribution through workshops, publications and dialogues on the need to address Climate Change without delay.

Contact Information: 
No. 146/ 34, Havelock Road
Colombo 5
Sri Lanka

Green Movement of Sri Lanka

The Green Movement of Sri Lanka (GMSL) is an organization concerned with Environmental Conservation, Awareness Creation and Sustainable Development. It is a consortium of 153 non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and other groups as members across the island. These member organizations are involved in many fields including natural resource management, environmental conservation, consumer protection, community development, human rights, youth and women’s empowerment and sustainable agriculture. The Green Movement is also part of various international networks including the Asia Pacific Research Network, the Reality of Aid Network, and the Asia Pacific Network on Food Sovereignty. 

The GMSL envisions the achievement of natural resource-based sustainable development through the empowerment of the poorest sections of the population and conservation of the environment, through activities aimed at developing vibrant and sustainable communities across the island.

The Green Movement of Sri Lanka is a complex, dynamic organ which grows, develops and changes as its mandate does. Our work is principally carried out through our ten programs, but none of the programs is an independent body; all programs are intertwined and cooperate in their own ways. This is because we believe it is not sustainable to focus on just one element of development, for example agriculture, but instead we take a holistic, integrated approach, ensuring that all needs of diverse and dynamic communities are taken into account.

Contact Information: 
No. 9, 1st Lane Wanata Road
Gangodawila Nugegoda
Sri Lanka

Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND)


  • Make development more sustainable by funding scholarships, fellowships, research programs, intellectual activities, and projects in relevant fields, including engineering, life, physical, and social sciences.
  • Increase awareness of the need to balance and integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and to identify unsustainable elements in existing patterns of development.
  • Improve the analytical and policy skills of public and private sector decision-makers.

MIND is an active member of the Climate Change Capacity Building Development (C3D) network, which was launched to support the developing countries by building skills for effective participation in climate change activities and Kyoto Protocol process, and to ensure the sustainability of capacity building programmes. MIND is a UN-designated Asian Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Contact Information: 
10/1 De Fonseka Place Colombo 5
Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network

Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network also known as SLYCAN among the youth active in the environmental field is a  youth lead and youth based network that facilitates the youth across Sri Lanka to come under an umbrella organisation that share a common goal with them.

The vision of the organisation remains to link the youth and to collaborate in environmental initiatives that would create a founding stone for the betterment of the environmental protection in Sri Lanka.

One of its key focuses is the adverse effects that humans face due to Climate Change. It should be noted that this is a topic that is not much discussed till of late in Sri Lanka though it deserves much discussion. The member of SLYCAN has taken it upon themselves and considers it their responsibility in voicing their stand and spreading the work in  order to take productive action against Climate Change.

Initiated at the aftermath of the devastation caused by the tsunami, SLYCAN has being part of many projects within Sri Lanka as well as in the South Asian region leading to the global level.

Contact Information: 
Sri Lanka

Voice of voiceless is to be heard!

Manjeet Dhakal
Clean Energy Nepal
Policy and Advocacy Officer/ Act. Program Director

Regardless of whatever the outcome was Copenhagen was successful in making a historical gathering of a large number of participants among the UNFCCC COPs. On a freezing Copenhagen streets, people from around the world demonstrated and urged world leaders to limit developed country emissions and to compensate on their past actions. But a small group of powerful people inside the Bella Centre betrayed everyone by letting us down and to compromising our future. At that point, I remembered a slogan hung up during climate negotiation "Don't negotiate with our future". Science has already proven that human activity is the cause of the climate change problem through increased emissions of greenhouse gases in recent decades. And now I feel like, I have to pay the debt of my grandfather and my grandchildren will be taking even more burdens in the future. So, I just wonder what kind of world are we really planning to building?  

Youth interventions at UNFCCC meetings always excite me. They often starts it with, "My name is _ _ and I am XX years of age and I will be YY years old in 2050". I have noticed timid expression with discomfort on the faces of many delegates who always evoke on false number of commitment for second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol and those who come to negotiation just for the weekend. I wonder what kind of world they have envisioned for the coming days?   
Cancun was a milestone on climate change discourse; it has brought us hope that was merely drowned by Copenhagen results. But again, Cancun is not the end; rather it was a beginning of another chapter. The first page of this new chapter was flipped in Bangkok in April, which was not that encouraging and the next page at Bonn recently in June  and again made everyone nervous. Now the question is how many Bonn, Bangkok and another COP do we need for an international climate treaty? It seems very difficult for developing countries to continue this endless discourse.  In the recent Bonn meeting, around 100 countries had less than five delegates and 20 of them had only single delegates and these 20 were the most vulnerable countries. In these negotiations, where is the voice of those voiceless that are already badly suffering? On the other side, five major developed countries and around 100 developing countries have equal number of delegates. Now anyone can imagine the outcome and also the possibility of getting another treaty like Kyoto, which has real essence at least to be optimistic about.   



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