NEW ARRIVALS – January – February

Century of the city. No time to lose. Published by the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, 2008. This book is an impassioned call for action. Vibrant with images and littered with sidebars, ‘Century of the City’ is magazine-readable but book-intelligent. It’s the result of a month-long colloquy hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation to identify and strategize on the challenges faced by rapidly urbanizing 21st century cities. The focus is on taking multidisciplinary approaches to the issues faced by cities, from the underserved slums of India to the most bustling economic powerhouses of the new China. Readers will come away convinced that even the most inefficient cities are incredibly important to the livelihood of both local citizens and global citizens, and that making them better is truly an international imperative. Quoted from -

Still counting the dead. By Frances Harrison. Published by Portobello Books, London, 2012. For decades, Sri Lanka experienced civil war between the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government. During the early parts of 2009, the war reached a climax, ending the death of tens of thousands of civilians, military personnel and the rebels. This book is based on the stories captured by Frances Harrison, the resident BBC correspondent in Sri Lanka from 2000-2004, who interviewed survivors, whose horrific stories she recounts in this book.

Nepal 2030: A vision for peaceful and prosperous nation. Edited by Sagar Raj Sharma, Bishnu Raj Upreti and Kailash Pyakuryal. Published by NCCR North-South and Department of Development studies, Kathmandu, 2012. This book is contained with details to have a developed, peaceful and a prosperous Nepal by 2030. The 10 chapters are explained through different fields such as Nepal’s science and technology, transportation, water resources, tourism, land and agriculture, education etc. The authors were able to give adequate ideas and ways to develop Nepal in another 20 years time and to make the nations dream come true. Making business count for peace: reflections from tourism sector in Nepal. By Bishnu Raj Upreti, Sagar Raj Sharma Published by NorthSouth and Department of Development studies (NCCR) Kathmandu, 2013. This book talks about tourism which is a part of business which has already built up the prosperity and stability in Nepal. It explains the positive and negative facets in business and tourism which impacts the peace in the country and explains how conflict insensitive business weakens the social and economic health and conflict sensitive tourism helps to support peace building. Tourism is a growing industry and a positive sign in Nepal which contributes towards the nation in its prosperity. The publication clearly shows how a socially responsive environment and an economically possible environment can be created to support the tourism industry in Nepal. Conflict, transition, and challenges to Nepal’s peace process. By Bishnu Raj Upreti and Anita Ghimire. Published by South Asia Regional Coordination Office (SAsRCO) of NCCR North-South, Kathmandu, 2012. Nepal has strived to move from war situations to peace a number of times and still struggles to regain peace since the conflict situation still prevails. This book mainly focuses on challenges, processes and the structure towards achieving peace with a description of the peace process in Nepal. Further, it explains how the current socio-political dynamics could be analysed and how peace and stability could be regained with possible measures. Is peace the business of business? By Bishnu Raj Upreti, Safal Ghimire and Andrea Iff. Published by South Asia Regional Coordination Office (SAsRCO) of NCCR North-South, Kathmandu, 2012.

This publication discusses the potential, motivation, challenges and determinants of corporate engagement for conflict transformation. The main concern, socio-economic structure during armed-conflict, and the transformation for the betterment of the country are explained in this book. This book was compiled through group discussions with business personnel, union leaders and people affected by the conflict. It explains how corporate engagement for conflict transformation can bring in negative consequences which hinder peace and prosperity in Nepal. This book highlights how one could identify the conflicting issues and the right way of using corporate sector for transformation in the country.

Sri Lanka economic research conference, Proceedings edited by Lalithasiri Gunaruwan. Published by the University of Colombo, Colombo, 2012. The Sri Lanka Economic Research conference held in 29th-30th November 2012 published the above conference proceedings containing 53 extended abstracts discussed under the theme ‘the global economic outlook and changes to developing countries’. The main areas of this issue include economic thought/ideology, equity and distributional issues, efficiency and productivity issues, stability and growth concerns and development policy. Sectoral development covering infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, industry and so and so forth are also discussed in this.

Gender and pre-school education: changing perceptions. By Chitrangani Abhayadeva. Published by Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), Colombo, 2008. ‘Gender and pre-school education’ is about the children at early childhood stage in selected areas in the Western Province. The main objective of this study is to observe the socialisation process and gender discrimination in pre schools. This research was conducted to identify behavior and attitudes of the children towards gender equality and to introduce gender equality practices within children. Children were interviewed individually and their behavior patterns and teacher behaviors were observed to carry out this research.

New South Asian feminisms. Edited by Srila Roy. Published by Zed Books, London, 2012. This book includes essays written by young scholars in South Asia on South Asian feminism with the facts of impact on gender and politics in feminism. The authors talk about feminist movements and state power, new challenges for women’s movements, law, sexual politics and subjectivities in the region and so and so forth. The information in this book gives a fresh and a thoughtful perspective of vulnerabilities of women.

Gender, education and socialism. Edited by Swarna Jayaweera. Published by Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, 2007. Over the past 30 years, research has already been carried out on gender and education. This study explains how children in pre schools tend to change their behavior and attitude even being at an early life. The main purpose of this study is to examine the socialisation process and gender differences including the methodology of education. This research explains that in order to have a community who understands equal gender relations, the education system itself must be transformed. This study aims to make a change by informing both advocacy and action to introduce systems to promote equal gender relations within children for a better life and a better community. Gender roles and support networks of spouses of migrant workers.By Swarna Jayaweera and Malsiri Dias. Published by Centre for Women’s Research, Colombo, 2011. This study has been done to identify the gender roles and the support networks of spouses of migrant workers in Sri Lanka. This research talks about the resources and the strategies of migrant worker families, differences of resources between the spouses of male and female migrant workers, the changes of the migrants’ family dynamics and many more areas in relation to gender and migration. The study mainly focuses on how the male and female migrants impact the family dynamics and the differences among them which is important to Sri Lanka.

Introduction to mental health for social work in Sri Lanka. Edited by Chamindra Weerackody and Suman Fernando. Published by People’s Rural Development Association (PRADA), Colombo, 2011. Mental health cannot be defined as insanity. Mental health is a condition where people are identified as ‘different’ from one to another. The purpose of this publication is to educate trainee social workers in the field of mental health employed in hospitals, clinics and NGOs. It enables to improve the value of mental health care and service in Sri Lanka. Apart from being a guide to social workers, this publication clearly explains the concepts of mental health in Sri Lanka. Introduction to mental health and mental health nursing in Sri Lanka. Edited by Chamindra Weerackody and Suman Fernando. Published by People’s Rural Development Association (PRADA), Colombo, 2011. This publication is an introduction to mental health for nurses, engaged in field of mental health in Sri Lanka. It intends to educate trainee nurses working in mental health services mainly at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Mulleriyawa hospital. It talks about mental health and systems of care, mental health nursing, violence and distributed behavior and approaches in nursing practices. This book is based on the Workshop held between 2007 and 2010 by few identified institutions including National Institute of Mental Health in Angoda.

The rule of law in decline. By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena. Published by The Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, Denmark, 2009. ‘This study examines the prevalence, determinants and causes of torture and other forms of cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in Sri Lanka. It provides a comprehensive examination of the legal and institutional framework in Sri Lanka where torture is concerned, and an assessment of whether the system lives up to international standards. The study seeks to determine how legal and institutional mechanisms intended to promote justice and protect against abuse function in practice, in order to identify possible gaps in the system that may lead to the occurrence of torture and CIDTP’.

Sri Lankave neethiye adhipathyaya pirihei. By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardane. Published by Chamila Publications. This study talks about violence, punishment, cruelty, brutality, rough treatments, and humiliation that operate in Sri Lanka. The author extensively evaluates whether the law and the establishment structure is under the international standards. This book explains both national and international laws related to violence and harassment including the core reasons for persecution and punishment people go through each day. This study is a valuable guide to the Sri Lankan community.

Partnerships in development-oriented research. By Bishnu Raj Upreti, Anne Zimmerman Published by NCCR North-South, South Asia Coordination Office, Kathmandu, 2012. Based on development research programmes and the experiences over the past twelve years, this book provides information on development capacity to produce knowledge for dealing with global change issues. It also includes information on strengthening individuals, institutional and societal capacity including many other development factors. In order to have a successful research partnership between North and South it is vital to influence funders of research and development interventions, policymakers and development practitioners which is emphasised throughout the chapters. Research for development: concepts and orientation. By Bishnu Raj Upreti. Published by South Asia Regional Coordination Office (SAsRCO) of NCCR North-South, Kathmandu, 2012. The purpose of this book is to create a functional relationship between development and research. The author emphasises the importance of research for development which can be effective in implementing the interventions and help in addressing challenges. He believes that the most difficult task is to change the view of policy-makers since they do not realise the need of research in development. This paper is based on studies undertaken during a three year period to make a difference in research and development and to understand and be aware of the importance of research studies.

Population Atlas of Sri Lanka 2012. Published by the Department of Census and Statistics and Ministry of Finance and Planning, Colombo, 2012. The ‘Population Atlas’ contains a summary of population data collection shown through maps. This publication was initiated after conducting an enumeration in the 9 Provinces and 25 Districts including sub divisions. This guide is a useful resource to data users, planners, policy makers, academics and researchers.

Basic housing information by districts and divisional secretary divisions. Published by Department of Census and Statistics, Colombo, 2012. This issue includes information on housing, materials used for housing construction, occupied housing units, sources of drinking water, toilet facilities and so and so forth. Information is presented under the two categories of housing unit information and household information. The specialty of this guide is that it covers the housing information of the entire country after 30 years. Basic population information by districts and divisional secretary divisions. Published by Department of Census and Statistics, Colombo, 2012. Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical study undertaking in a country. This study provides reliable and detailed statistics on the size, distribution and the composition of population of a country. This report was prepared by the Population Census and Demography Division.

Sri Lanka Economic Journal. Published by Sri Lanka Economic Association, Colombo. Vol. 11, December 2010. (English) Articles included in this issue are –  Contemporary domestic agriculture of Sri Lanka by A.D.V. De S Indraratna  Financing Emissions reduction in Asia: policy options and constraints by N.S. Cooray and Gamini Wijesekere  India as a source market for tourism industry of Sri Lanka ‘too big to be ignored’ by Sirimal Abeyratne  Why is VAT not a ‘money machine’ for Sri Lanka? By Kopalapillai Amirthalingam Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences. Published by National Science Foundation, Colombo. Vol. 33/34, June/December 2010/2011. (English) Articles included in this issue are –  Globalization from within: interplay of the local and the global in Sri Lanka by Nalani M. Hennayake  Translating education policy into action in Sri Lanka by Chandra Gunawardane   Illness and social protection: an agenda for action in Sri Lanka by Saroj Jayasinghe Effectiveness of senior secondary schools in Sri Lanka by A.M. Hettige

Social work research. Published by Oxford Journals, United States. Vol. 36/04 December 2012. (English) Articles included in this issue are listed below

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Spirituality and mental health among homeless mothers by David Hodge & Stephanie Moser The extended TANF application period and applicant outcomes: evidence from Wisconsin by Maria Cancian & Jennifer Noyes Social work faculty support for same-sex marriage by Michael Woodford & Katherine Luke

‘Community-centric projects’ By Centre for Poverty Analysis, in Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD), February 2013. Page 93. Published by Media Services (Pvt.) Ltd., 2013. This article talks about the people who are affected by development projects and how they get affected in different ways according to their wealth, livelihood and gender. In addition, it shows how power can influence people’s livelihood to be better or worse, but involving communities in development projects enables them to rise up for themselves. This research article highlights ways to identify these problems through their feedback and to find solutions to prevent discrimination and problems.

‘Mental wellbeing of society’ By Centre for Poverty Analysis, in Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD), December 2012. Page 95. Published by Media Services (Pvt.) Ltd., 2012. We believe that happiness and wellbeing stands on development and prosperity but research has shown that in most situations, that a person’s finances have no significance with happiness. This research was carried out in the Badulla District to identify the satisfactory levels of happiness in men and women. Though there is an acceptable level of happiness, the research was able to find out the reasons why men and women are stressed and not happy.

‘Fertile land needs people’ By Centre for Poverty Analysis, in Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD), January 2013. Page 79. Published by Media Services (Pvt.) Ltd., 2013. This article focuses on the impact of infrastructure and privatisation projects on the displaced people and what they have to go through. Even though infrastructure projects provide livelihood opportunities for the community, some people are displaced from their homes, lands and crops. Losing their homelands create problems including food security issues that lead to the inaccessibility of nutritious food impacting on their earnings drastically. These factors negatively contribute to poor health conditions and wellbeing causing underweight children and malnutrition. Displacement, thus, negatively impacts on the society which needs serious consideration so that negative impacts can be minimised.

Beyond 60 by Centre for Poverty Analysis, Colombo 2012. Sri Lanka is currently in the advances stages of a demographic transition and is the fastest ageing country in South Asia. The documentary, produced by CEPA with support from the World Bank Civil Society Fund, explores the reality of the elderly, revealing that they remain active and productive well into their later years, either because they have to or because they want to. It recognises their continued contribution to society and the need to protect their rights. Kanchivaram. Directed by Priyadharshan, starring Prakash Raj, Shreya Reddy, Shammu 2008. The film is set in the thick of Kanchi's silk weaving industry and tells the story of a common man caught amongst the forces that be, the society he lives in and the conflict between one's adopted ideals and individual dreams. The film is an analysis by the director on why communism took a backseat all over the world, because those who preach it could never practice it. As a race, humans are ambitious and at some level, also self-centered, which goes against the dictates of collectivism.

‘Shanghai’. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, starring Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Amin Raj. June, 2012. In a bustling Indian city gearing up for the latest celebrated political elections, four individuals find themselves tied up into a gruesome game of crime and politics. A young activist encounters a shocking and disturbing road accident which leaves a prominent political figure in critical condition. A lone girl on the street believes it to be a murder. A porn film maker claims to have documented proof that will bring the government down. A high ranking bureaucrat is brought in by the government for damage control. As days go by, the individuals discover a hidden secret in the governments sector: a vision of a new metropolis, a pipe dream, a dream called ‘Shanghai’.

‘Mille soya’. Directed by Boodee Keerthisena, starring Kamal Addaraarachchi, Jackson Anthony, Sangeetha Weeraratne, Mahendra Perera, Tim Deussen 2004. The film is about a group of young Sri Lankan musicians illegally migrating to Italy in a baggage compartment of a bus and about their lost dreams that are caught between a civil war and corrupt politics through their journey to reach the land of hope. During the course of this journey, in addition to meeting death inside baggage compartment of buses and in snow storms, the group is subjected to deceptions by the intermediaries, betrayals by their own friends, arrests while crossing the borders illegally.


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