The Forum organized a workshop in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, titled ‘Power-sharing Options for Sri Lanka and the Federal Idea.’ The event was staged by the Forum and its local implementing partner, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), on June 7 and 8, 2007.
More than 50 participants took part in the workshop, including provincial councillors from southern provinces, members of professional associations, academics, civil society representatives, representatives of political parties and women’s organizations and journalists. Forum staffers Irina Shmakova and Jean-Philippe Linteau co-ordinated the organization of the workshop.
The workshop focused on the basic definition of federalism and federal models such as India and South Africa. Group and panel discussions allowed participants to explore the evolution of the power-sharing debate, and its current relevance in Sri Lanka. The workshop concluded with a discussion on potential political solutions to ongoing civil conflict in Sri Lanka.
International resource persons included Ms. Katy Le Roy (University of Melbourne, Australia), Dr. Akhtar Majeed (Centre for Federal Studies, Delhi, India) and Dr. Christina Murray (University of Cape Town, South Africa). Local experts included Mr. Pradeep Peiris, Head of the Social Indicators Unit of the CPA and Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the CPA.