“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Why Advocata Institute?
Sri Lanka needs rapid, market-oriented economic reforms to achieve the expectations of it's aspiring citizens. We conduct research and engage policymakers, media and the general public to bring about key policy reforms that allows for the creation of wealth and bring about prosperity to Sri Lankans. Bringing our work and ideas to key audiences in government, civil society, and from newsrooms to living rooms is an essential part of our focus. Achieving this takes resources - resources we rely on our donors to provide.
Generous organizations and individuals who share our commitment to independent policy analysis, economic freedom and free-markets support the Advocata Institute with financial contributions and intellectual engagement. When you support Advocata, you will be supporting an independent non-partisan think tank. An organization that operates like a start-up, brings in a results-oriented approach to policy advocacy and run by dedicated individuals, mostly voluntarily. Having started in May 2016, our work has already received mainstream attention.
Donors support Advocata with both general support and project specific contributions that help us carryout our work. Advocata Institute is registered as a non-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.
How you can support the Advocata Institute
Annual Subscribers are the backbone of Advocata. Subscribers provide us to grow the institutional capacity of the organization, and grow our research staff. All subscribers would receive detailed accounts and first-priority for Advocata events, publications and briefs. Annual subscriptions for 2017 are set at 100,000 LKR ($650 USD).
Having started operations in the May of 2016, Advocata is still in the process of investing in essential equipment and hiring key staff members. One-off capital donations of 50,000 LKR ($350 USD) or more would go along way in helping us make these initial investments.
Our events have earned a reputation for drawing large crowds, so far not seen in the intellectual landscape in Sri Lanka. All of our public lectures are free and events of this scale requires significant financial investment. Becoming an event sponsor allows your brand or product to access a market of at least 200 individuals on event day, and reach thousands more on digital distribution. All of our events are widely covered in the mainstream press, that's bound to increase sponsor visibility.
Your donations for specific projects help us execute the projects in 2017 and beyond. Following are some of the projects we have in the pipeline for 2017.
- Public Lecture by Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja, Principal economist at the Asian Development Bank. (January 2017) and Advocata-Echelon Magazine Public Forum series (throughout 2017)
- Essay Competition on Economic Freedom for School and University Students (February 2017)
- Sinhala and Tamil Translation Project (2017)
- Promoting Economics and sound public policy ideas through New Media and Digital platforms (2017)
- Research Project on the impact of Government Price Controls on entrepreneurship and businesses. (March 2017)
- A study on how food taxes impact on cost of living (April 2017)
- The State of State Enterprises Report (June 2017)
Your Expertise and Time
If you support our vision for a freer and more prosperous Sri Lanka and feel like you can contribute in some other way. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise for Advocata
"Advocata has created a much-needed platform for discussion on issues of economic freedom, progress, and prosperity in Sri Lanka. Advocata is becoming an influential convenor, and already making headway in shaping opinions on economic issues that matter for all our citizens."
-- Anushka Wijesinha, Chief Economist – Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
"Sri Lanka has long needed a forum for thinking about and advocating limited government and free markets for a free society. That is what Advocata does. It brings together the young, dynamic and aspiring who think and act against the grain, for a better Sri Lanka that serves all its citizens, not just a small insider elite. That marks it out from other think tanks in Sri Lanka. Advocata is an idea whose time has come."
-- Prof. Razeen Sally , Associate Professor, National University of Singapore and Chairman - IPS.