SLIDA and the Monash University in Australia conducted a pre departure workshop for the participants of the Australian Award Fellowship (AAF) 2017 at SLIDA from 30th September to 2nd October, 2017. The fellowship titled “Private Sector engagement for Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka: Evidence based Policy and Practice”, is comprised of 15 competent awardees who are public sector professionals and academics. This is the 7th in the series of SLIDA - Monash collaborative programmes in which nearly 150 public sector personnel already participated in this programme.
Research fellows together with the Director General and Senior staff of SLIDA
During the 3- day workshop, Prof. Indralal De Silva, Dr. J. Samarasinghe, and Dr. Sepali Sudasinghe who are the experts in the field of social science research, held discussions with the participants on topics such as contribution of micro, small and medium enterprises to sustainable development: lessons from developing countries, conducting qualitative research, and importance of bridging research and policy in Sri Lanka and evidence based policy development and the practical use of research findings. Importantly, this research café opened up with lecturers was followed by the network session with SMART Alumni AAF 2010-2016 and the prospective Alumni of 2017 in planning for a Research Symposium in early 2018 which evoked much enthusiasm among participants.