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Working with the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority to Develop Resources for Creating and Analyzing Tourism Policy

Author: Ceylan Oymak, HKS MPP Student

Sri Lanka tends to conjure up a range of ideas by would-be tourists: its deeply intriguing history and relation to colonial powers, a 26-year civil-war with the Tamil Tigers, or, more simply, the paradisiac beaches, beautiful landscape, warmth of the people and the rich cuisine. I believe each of these things contribute differently to Sri Lanka becoming one of...

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Working with the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority to Develop Resources for Creating and Analyzing Tourism Policy

Author: Ceylan Oymak, HKS MPP Student

Sri Lanka tends to conjure up a range of ideas by would-be tourists: its deeply intriguing history and relation to colonial powers, a 26-year civil-war with the Tamil Tigers, or, more simply, the paradisiac beaches, beautiful landscape, warmth of the people and the rich cuisine. I believe each of these things contribute differently to Sri Lanka becoming one of world’s top tourist destinations in the past few years.

High demand among foreigners to visit Sri Lanka surely presents wide opportunities for the country’s...

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My Summer Internship with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Author: Haiyang Zhang, HKS MPA/ID student

In a poetic reference, Sri Lanka is often described as “a teardrop of the Indian Ocean.” The island country is endowed with some of the world’s most scenic landscapes, a diverse culture, and a documented history that spans across three millennia. For a country that recently emerged from a 26-year-long civil war, Sri Lanka faces the challenge for transforming its short-lived “peace dividend" into sustainable growth. 

Following the end of the civil war in 2009 and the presidential election in 2015, Sri Lanka...

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Video: Government Strategies for Diaspora Engagement - A Conversation with Pandeli Majko, Minister of Diaspora of Albania

Pandeli Majko, Albania's Minister of Diaspora, visited Harvard's Kennedy School in early February and shared newly set strategies to engage Albania's diaspora for political and economic development, and transform migration into an added value.... Read more about Video: Government Strategies for Diaspora Engagement - A Conversation with Pandeli Majko, Minister of Diaspora of Albania

CASE STUDY: Delivering Customer Care and Cutting Corruption in Public Services

From 2015 to September 2017, Rudina Mullahi directed the program "Innovation against corruption: Building a citizen-centric service delivery model in Albania" (ISDA) with the Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration.

A recently published report co-written by Rudina and Cherie Hart, Development writer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population...

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The shortcomings to Albania's integration into the EU

By Ermal Frasheri

To countries like Albania, membership in the European Union is presented as the ultimate modernization project that will lift all boats and bring about greater prosperity and democratization.

However, more often than not, transition reproduces hierarchies and inequities that usually underpin relations between a prosperous center and a backward periphery.

Instead of being a cure, a solution to the political primitivism and underdevelopment, the story with...

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