The Catamaran is a tri-lingual portal publishing work by journalists from all over Sri Lanka. Stories in English, Sinhalese and Tamil provide background and add analysis to the most interesting stories in the country. Original reporting is available for free syndication to Sri Lankan and international media, the aim being to give novice reporters exposure and help experienced local journalists reach a wider audience. Bringing journalists from different Sri Lankan communities together strengthens vital ties and increases opportunities for collaboration, as well as contributing to capacity building in the Sri Lankan media sector.
The Catamaran is a project run by the Berlin based organization, Media in Cooperation and Transition, together with the Sri Lanka Press Institute / Press Complaints Commission. Between 2015 and 2017, the project was also supported by the MRTC (closed at the end of 2016) and the University of Jaffna. The project is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.