Nov 19, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Harsha de Silva articulated the need for evidence based policy making in the complex world of today where there is no room for policy blunders. He said while delivering the keynote address at the 5th South Asia Regional Conference of the Think Tank Initiative in Gurgaon, India, today and called for stronger ties between think tanks and policy makers. Referring to the policy challenges in Sri Lanka, De Silva noted that with large amounts of money spent on various social programs it’s important that robust evidence is gathered to evaluate their success. He also called on think tanks to engage with the policy community to understand their needs so that the research agendas can be tailored for the priorities of governments. Organized by the Centre for Policy Research in India, close to one hundred top researchers from the best think tanks of Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India came together to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and opportunities, and share successes on key national, regional and global public policy issues they work on. Along with several representatives from each think tank, participants included high-level policymakers, donor representatives, and other policy stakeholders.
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