Udan Fernando

Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka


Udan Fernando obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, in International Development Cooperation. His thesis focused on politics of aid, regarding the Dutch aid system and Sri Lankan NGOs. Udan’s specialization has previously been Law, Economics, Management and Labour Studies.

Throughout his career, from Head of the Development Commission of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (1989-1995), Executive Director of Paltra (gte) Ltd (1996-2001), Guest Researcher at University of Amsterdam (2002-2007), Senior Consultant of Context International, Netherlands (2008-2012), Udan has focused on development cooperation and aid policy in Sri Lanka, Europe, East & West Africa and Southeast Asia.

Recent assignments include co-authoring the National Human Development Report (2014), position paper on Sri Lankan Civil Society and International Donors for Oxfam (2015) and contributing to a UN publication titled ‘New MIC in the block: Middle Income Country Status and Civil Society in Sri Lanka’ (2016). Udan is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), a Sri Lankan think-tank.