Devanand Ramiah

2010: Conflict and Prevention Specialist, U.N. Development Programme (UNDP)/BCPR

2002: Dev Ramiah works for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as the Peace and Development Analyst. In this capacity he oversees the implementation of a small grants fund for peace building, which develops local capacities for peace and supports other initiatives which develop national capacities for conflict prevention. He is also a visiting faculty for the Conflict Resolution and Peace Preparedness Program of the Bradford University and the joint United Nations University for Peace and Bandaranayake Center for International Studies program on conflict resolution and peace skills. He advocates for reconciliation among the ethnic communities by teaching restorative justice and reconciliation courses, which mainly focus on military personnel and NGO workers.

Reconciliation remains a key area of focus for Dev Ramiah, and he has been involved in research in this subject area. Recently, he and a colleague co-authored a paper in his personal capacity as part of the Policy Options for Democratic Reform series published by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). It was titled “Reconciliation and the Peace Process in Sri Lanka : Frameworks, Challenges and Ways Forward”. Dev remarks in the preface that the CJP SPI environment and interactions have inspired him to continue working in reconciliation.

Before moving to New York, Dev lived in Sri Lanka with his wife Shimi, who is a journalist.