Aligning the National S&T Policy with the National Sustainable Development Strategy in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka does not have an official science and technology (S&T) policy. Investments in S&T have so far occurred on an ad-hoc basis. Nevertheless, government and research and development (R&D) institutions have recognized that S&T investments are necessary though not sufficient in themselves to bring about economic and social development. This project will contribute to the development of a national science, technology and innovation policy. The project will comprise a review of a draft science and technology (S&T) policy available from the National Commission of Science and Technology (NASTEC), a desk study and review of challenges, and a national consultation exercise engaging government, S&T agencies, and autonomous research and development institutions. The project is expected to provide input to the draft S&T policy, plus a plan for its implementation and facilitation. Both are likely to be formally endorsed by the government.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, August 3, 2007

End Date

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Ravichandran, Ms. Veena

Total funding

CA$ 120,300


Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Dr. Mohan Munasinghe


Munasinghe Institute for Development

Institution Country

Sri Lanka

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