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Services for Parliamentarians of Sri Lanka

Consultancy Request for Parliamentarians


Parliamentarians have the image of dealing exclusively with political matters. However politicians need evolve in the Knowledge-based policy making, and deal with common objective of keeping society better informed of the work of the legislature and the government. Sri Lanka has given very little thought to the use of any system to prepare Parliamentarians for their responsibilities and professional development.


Partner in Public Policy Issues and Consulting Services

Academic Consultation services is to promote effective policymaking and good governance through enhanced interaction between  member of parliament (MP) in Parliament of Sri Lanka, Academics of University of Sri Jayewardenepura  and PEOPLE’S ACTION FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS (PAFFREL).With support from the Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP),a three-year USAID initiative to support the Government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to increase democratic governance and accountability. The primary focus the partnership is the empowerment of human capital through capacity building. To this end, trough the partnership provides policy discussions to address current public policy issues and create a forum for policy discussion, debate, networking and consolidation of international best practice.

Consulting is one of the most important means by which staff at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP) can make available their academic knowledge and expertise to external organizations, including government, public sector bodies, community groups and businesses. Cutting-edge research, objective and independent analysis and cross- or multi-disciplinary collaboration are the major benefits of engaging with Legislators in Sri Lanka. As a leading university with a focus on practice-oriented learning, academic qualifications and intellectual rigour is supported by practical experience and real world understanding.  USJP provide consultant expertise from almost 400 academics and researchers. All of our consultants are at the forefront of their professions and actively engaged as researchers in their fields.


Objectives of the Partnership

The overall objective of the partnership is to knowledge capacity that strengthens of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

  1. to ensure a stream of high-quality knowledge in the political decision making processes
  2. To facilitate develop sound policy recommendations for the policy makers in Sri Lanka Parliament
  3. To share the experiences, best practices, lessons learned and achievements
  4. To create a forum in parliament to bring and share knowledge and experiences of academics’ on currently important policy Issues



The key desired output of the partnership is to knowledge sharing and facilitate to Mp collective for clean politics of Sri Lanka. Besides to the key outcome, the following outputs will be engendered;

  1. University research lobby in Consultative committees in parliament
  2. knowledge transfer mechanism



This partnership is based upon agreed principles to work together in implementing activities govern by the coordinating committee (CC) established with the involvement of both parties, towards the agreed upon goals and values. The collaboration between PAFFREL, MP Collective and the expected to deliver comprehensive evidence based knowledge which will feed into the both national policy dialogues. PAFFREL should ensure the implementation of the activities within this partnership.


Communication method

Email :-

Telephone  :-

Key areas of interventions

To Assist MP collective for clean politics to deliver productive speech at the Parliament.

 At policy level:

–     Facilitate policy dialogue between academics and policy makers

–     Conduct policy research to identify the gaps in current policies and to provide recommendations

–     Engage with policy makers to provide recommendations, based on the citizens’ needs, on necessary policy changes

–     Analyze and contribute to the public discourses on contemporary issues in the perspective of participatory democracy and governance

Reforming systems and structure

–     Create knowledge through studies and research on the models of participatory democracy at national and international level

–     Engage with Government authorities and other actors to pilot and replicate effective models

–     Analyze the strengthens, gaps and limitations of the current systems and provide recommendations

Change in knowledge, skills and attitudes

–     Capturing existing knowledge on contemporary policy need

–     Generation, Dissemination and Promotion of knowledge products through appropriate media

–     Facilitate training programs and other awareness building initiatives for communities, authorities and other stakeholders



Coordinating Committee

Mr. Rohana Hettiarachchie/Executive Director

Prof. Shirantha  Heenkenda
Department of Economics
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Dr.  H.A.G. Sujeewa Hettiarachi
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of English and Linguistics
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Dr. Janak Kumarasinghe
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Business Economics
Faculty of Management Studies and  Commerce

Dr. Thusitha B. Abeysekara
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Commerce
Faculty of Management Studies and  Commerce

Dr. R.M.C. Jayathilake
Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Linguistics,
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. R Sanjeewa
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Mathematics
Faculty of Applied Science

Dr. Chitraka Wikkramaarachchi
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Statistics
Faculty of Applied Science

Mrs. Hansamala Ritigahapola
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Sinhala and Miscommunication
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Mr.B.A .Sumanajith Kumara
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Geography
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Mrs. C. W. Kalansooriya
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Economics
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science


Miss .H.P.I Nadeeshani
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Political Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Mrs. R. M. K. G. U. Rathnayake
Department of Social Statistics
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Mrs. U. N. K.  Rathnayake
Department of History and Archaeology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

Prof. N. M. S. Sirimuthu
(Senior Lecturer)
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Applied Science

Supervisory Body


Prof. D.P.S. Chandrakumara,
Dean/Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mr. P.L.T. Purasinghe,
Department of Political Science

Prof. (Mrs.) Charmalie Nahallage
Department Anthropology

Coordinator- Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda/ Department of Economics
Convener: Dr. Sujeewa Hettiarachchi/ Department of English