South Asia Conference
On 11 and 12 January 2017, the CDES co-hosted the Conference on Human Capital, Food Security and Economic Development in South Asia in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The Conference, which was organised together with the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and the South-Asia Research Network (SARN), brought together academics, practitioners, heads of research institutions, the Economic Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Minister for Special Assignments to discuss the most pressing challenges facing South Asia.
Throughout the Conference, the importance of economic policy-makers engaging with researchers, and of researchers similarly connecting with policy-makers, was both emphasised and acted upon through ideas sharing on issues spanning health, education, gender, climate change, food security, inequality and macroeconomic policy.
The Conference was the first collaborative forum held by the CDES in South Asia. In addition to furthering the Centre's commitment to promoting international collaboration in the fields of development economics and sustainability, it provided a valuable opportunity to present a sample of the work being undertaken at Monash Business School in the region.
View the presentations
Copies of the slides from the Conference are available here (click on the blue italicised links).
In the media
Issues raised at the Conference were highlighted in the following media articles:
- Sri Lanka, a test bed for economic experimentation, says Amunugama. C Wettasinghe, Daily Mirror, 12 January 2017.
- ‘Time’s ripe for South Asia to collectively understand region’s developmental challenges’. S. Kelegama, The Island, 12 January 2017.
- Be prepared for impending global changes: Amunugama. Daily Financial Times, 13 January 2017.
- Challenges South Asia faces. A. Bayes, The Financial Express, 16 January 2017.
- Ensuring quality education. A. Bayes, The Financial Express, 23 January 2017.