ILO projects and activities in Sri Lanka are listed below, according to the year of commencement.


  1. Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project

    24 October 2010 - 31 December 2015

    The Project contributes to poverty reduction, sustainable job creation and peace building through an improved environment with strengthened governance, effective community-based services and public-private partnership that economically empower vulnerable groups in conflict-affected populations in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.


  1. Social protection for families of children at risk of exploitative employment through strengthening of supplementary service provision in selected locations on the plantations

    1 May 2014

    The project contributes to reduced vulnerability of children at risk of falling into child labour through strengthened social protection for plantation communities.


  1. Joint UN Programme on Prevention of and Response to Gender-based Violence in Sri Lanka

    1 February 2011 - 31 October 2013

    ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO, supported by the UN Resident Coordinator and the Chairperson of the UN Gender Theme Group in Sri Lanka – invests their combined expertise and resources through this Project to reduce Gender-Based Violence through multi-sectoral interventions, and the effective implementation of laws and policies in keeping with international standards.

  2. Project on Promoting Fundamental Rights and Strengthening Labour Market Governance in the Maldives

    1 September 2011 - 31 August 2013

    The Project will contribute to improving labour-relations in the Maldives

  3. Project on “Promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers: Ensuring the effective implementation of the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy” Phase I

    1 December 2010 - 31 March 2013

    The Project supports the Government and stakeholders to jointly implement the commitments in the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy of 2008 to enhance the governance of the labour migration process and to empower and protect migrant workers and their family members.


  1. Trafficking in Persons Project

    1 October 2009 - 1 October 2012

    The overall objective of the project is to promote decent work in ‘conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity’ for women and children employed as domestic or unskilled workers within the country or abroad, thereby reducing their vulnerability to rights violations as victims of trafficking for exploitative employment.

  2. Green Jobs in Asia - Sri Lanka

    15 October 2010 - 31 July 2012

    The Green Jobs in Asia Project seeks to deepen ILO constituents understanding and commitments for the promotion of gender sensitive green jobs opportunities and a just transition for workers and employers towards a low-carbon, climate resilient, environmentally friendly development in Sri Lanka.


  1. Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Sri Lanka

    1 January 2010 - 2 May 2011

    The Project will contribute to improving labour-relations in Sri Lanka.


  1. HIV/AIDS Prevention in the World of Work in Sri Lanka

    1 May 2005 - 31 December 2010

    The Project aims to contribute to the prevention of HIV/AIDS in the world of work, the enhancement of workplace protection and the reduction of its adverse consequences on social, labour, and economic development.

  2. Youth Employment Project (ILO/ Japan)

    1 January 2008 - 31 December 2010

    The Project promotes decent work for young women and men through enhancement of employment possibilities. The project works to alleviate poverty, unemployment and underemployment among rural young people by helping them find work, vocational and entrepreneurship training. It focuses on improving labour market services especially for youth in plantations and adjacent areas.

  3. Promotion of Decent Work for Young Women and Men Through Enhancement of Employment Possibilities in Sri Lanka

    1 January 2007 - 31 December 2010

    The project works to alleviate poverty, unemployment and underemployment among rural young people in Sri Lanka by helping them find work, vocational and entrepreneurship training. It also focuses on improving employment and recruitment services and is developing an English teaching curriculum for schools on plantations.


  1. Integrated Rural Accessibility Planning (IRAP)

    1 January 2007 - 31 December 2009

    The project provides a sustainable community based participatory planning mechanism to prioritise reconstruction and maintenance of rural roads to improve access to essential basic services and facilitate local economic development. It directly contributes to the policies and strategies of the Government of Sri Lanka to provide accessibility to all population and to have high quality mobility road network for the transportation of passengers and goods.

  2. Gender Mainstreaming in the Workplace

    1 January - 31 December 2009

    The project takes initiatives to promote gender mainstreaming for decent work. The project works with the lead Government consituent which is the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower, the Employers Federation of Ceylon and Vocational Training Service Providers to strengthen institutional capacity for the same.

  3. Child Activity Survey - 2009

    15 August 2008 - 31 December 2009

    The Child Activity Survey for Sri Lanka will be updated since the last exercise conducted in 1999. The Survey is undertaken by the Department of Census and Statistics with technical assistance from ILO (SIMPOC) Geneva. This time, the Eastern Province is also included in the 16,000 sample chosen for the survey.

  4. Micro & Small Enterprise Development Project for Pro-poor Growth in Sri Lanka (Enter-Growth Project)

    1 June 2005 - 30 September 2009

    The project contributes to the generation of pro-poor economic growth and quality employment for women and men, through an integrated programme for the development of micro and small enterprises that focuses on the North-West and North-Central provinces.


  1. Community-based Training for Economic Empowerment (ILO CB-TREE)

    1 June 2006 - 31 December 2008

    The project promotes the restoration of livelihoods and revival of local economies, in areas that has been affected by the tsunami through skills training, enterprise development and the installation of appropriate economic support mechanisms at the community level.