ILO Office for Sri Lanka (CO–Colombo)

  1. Welcome to the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives

    The strong cooperation between Sri Lanka and the ILO dates back to Sri Lanka’s admission to the ILO in 1948. We deliver our technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka through a Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), developed in full consultation with our tripartite partners; the Employer’s Federation of Ceylon (EFC), the Trade Unions and the Government (Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations as our focal point).

    Decent work is captured in four strategic objectives: fundamental principles and rights at work and international labour standards; employment and income opportunities; social protection and social security; and social dialogue and tripartism. These objectives hold for all workers, women and men, in both formal and informal economies; in wage employment or working on their own account; in the fields, factories and offices; in their home or in the community.

    The ILO also believes that decent work is central to efforts to reduce poverty, and is a means for achieving equitable, inclusive and sustainable development in Sri Lanka.

    The Republic of Maldives joined the ILO in 2009 as the 183rd member state. An archipelago consisting of about 1,200 small low-lying islands, Maldives numbers a population of about 300,000 and 80,000 migrant workers with tourism and fishing acting as major generators of income and employment.

    Projects in the Maldives are coordinated by the office in Colombo and presently focused on the development of labour market institutions, social dialogue, tripartism and ratification of ILO’s core labour conventions.

What's New

  1. Decent Work for Domestic Workers begins at home

  1. Ensure that every child has a full childhood - Prime Minister

    Prime Minister's message on World Day Against Child Labour

  2. World Day Against Child Labour -12 th June

  3. ILO Continues Farmer Empowerment through Economic Development

    Handing Over of the Cooperative Complex to Mulankavil Farmers’ Cooperative Society, Killinochchi District, Sri Lanka

  4. Commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour 2015

    The annual World Day Against Child Labour has been observed on 12th June 2015 since 2002. The theme for this year is Say No to child labour, Yes to Quality Education. Education is a human right and a key factor in reducing poverty and child labour.



  5. The way back to school

    Saddis Kumar's mother works in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. His father is unable to work due to a health problem. Saddis was about to fall into child labour, but then the ILO intervened. Read his story.