(2007) Politics of foreign aid in Sri Lanka, Promoting markets and supporting peace. Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.
This study was made possible through a research grant form NORAD - the Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation - to the International Centre for Ethnic studies (ICES). The project took much longer than originally expected. However NORAD was patient and supportive of the project despite this delay. I would like to express my gratitude to NORAD for the understanding that they have shown. Ms. Tharanaga de Silva, administrator at ICES, and Mr. S. Varatharajan, financial controller at ICES, were intermediaries between myself and NORAD. They took care of all the difficulties that a delayed project faces with a funding agency. My thanks to them and I hope that they will not have many such experiences in the future. My wife, Nicky, copyedited the book and meticulously went through all the sentences, commas, footnotes, tables, graphs, quotations, etc. Therefore the final text is a product of her efforts as well, although the responsibility of the opinions expressed is mine. It would have been difficult for me to complete this work without her. I would like to thank her for all the effort. Finally, inquisitive questions about the work we were doing from our ten year old daughter, Sam, who wants to be a writer, kept us entertained.
Sustaining a state in conflict: Politics of foreign aid in Sri Lanka, Colombo:ICES, (2018)
This study focuses on politics of foreign aid to Sri Lanka from developed countries of the West, Japan and multilateral agencies during the period 1977 to end of the armed conflict in 2009. This period is characterised by economic policies that emphasised liberal economic policies and an armed conflict resulting from the Tamil demand for a separate state. The study looks at politics of foreign aid in this context. Foreign aid played a dual role. It helped to sustain a state engaged in an armed conflict, while at the same time trying to promote a negotiated settlement. Therefore it was neither a do-gooder that liberals tend to believe nor a 'foreign devil that Sinhala nationalists like to see.
Assessing participation - A debate from south asia
(1997) Co-editor, Assessing Participation: A Debate from South Asia. New Delhi: ITDG/Konark Publishers.
Devolution and Development in Sri Lanka
(1994) Editor, Devolution and Development. New Delhi: Konark Publishers.
Can democracy be designed?
(2003) Co-editor, Can Democracy be Designed? London: Zed Books.
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