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


  1. Promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers

    18 January 2021 - 31 August 2024

    Supported by the Government of Switzerland, this programme aims at ensuring an effective implementation of the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy- Phase IV while promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers.


  1. Supporting the socio-economic reintegration of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers repatriated due to the COVID-19 outbreak (IOM-ILO collaboration)

    1 April 2021 - 31 March 2023

    This project aims at contributing towards sustainable reintegration of Sri Lankan migrant workers. The project has been designed with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in alignment with the National COVID-19 Response Plan for Migrant Workers, and the Sub Policy and National Action Plan on Return and Reintegration of Migrant Workers (2015). It is also broadly linked to the UN Advisory Note on COVID-19 Socioeconomic Response (July 2020) and the UN Sustainable Development Framework (under Human Security and Socioeconomic Resilience)


  1. Safety + Health for All – Plantation workers in South Asia

    1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022

    This project aims to improving the safety and health of workers in plantations in South Asia.

  2. Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation (LEED+) Project

    4 May 2018 - 30 June 2022

    The LEED+ project builds on successes of the Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project. From 2011-2018, LEED has helped to reduce poverty, create sustainable jobs and build the peace in northern Sri Lanka.

  3. Towards Fair and Sustainable Global Supply Chains: Promoting Decent Work for Invisible Workers in South Asia – Sri Lanka

    1 December 2019 - 31 March 2022

    The ILO/Japan project “Towards fair and sustainable global supply chains: Promoting formalization and decent work for invisible workers in South Asia” (Sustainable Global Supply Chains in South Asia) aims to contribute to the development of ethical and sustainable global supply chains.


  1. Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Sri Lanka

    1 June 2020 - 31 December 2021

    Supported by the Government of Sweden, this programme aims to promote decent work for domestic workers through advocacy to bring domestic workers within the ambit of national labour laws, promote ratification of C189, and to strengthen organisation of domestic workers

  2. Improving synergies between social protection and public finance management

    1 October 2020 - 31 December 2021

    This project aims to support the Government of Sri Lanka in extending social protection coverage to workers, both men and women, in the tourism sector

  3. Skilling Sri Lankan Migrant Workers affected by COVID-19 for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    1 September 2020 - 30 November 2021

    This project aims to increase capacity of the ILO constituents to identify current skills mismatches and anticipate future skills needs; to design and deliver innovative, flexible and inclusive learning options encompassing work-based learning and quality apprenticeships; and to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprises, with a focus on enhancing the employability of returned and aspirant migrant workers

  4. Building Sri Lanka’s national and enterprise-level dispute resolution system back better during COVID-19

    1 August 2020 - 31 October 2021

    This project aims to strengthening social dialogue and labour relations, laws, processes and institutions and to improve international standards

  5. Working for Health in Sri Lanka Project: Phase II

    1 April 2020 - 30 September 2021

    Working for Health is a joint collaboration between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  6. Support to Resettlement and Reconciliation through the United Nations Joint Programme for Peace (SURAR)

    25 September 2019 - 30 September 2021

    This project aims to providing timely and strategically focused assistance towards two peacebuilding priorities that tackle core grievances of the minority Tamil community. The interventions contribute towards securing and sustaining the peacebuilding process, through helping to build trust and confidence amongst the Tamil community in the direction in which the country is moving

  7. Measurement, Awareness Raising, and Policy Engagement (MAP16) Project

    1 March 2020 - 30 September 2021

    The project contributes to the promotion of decent work in Sri Lanka by supporting prevention measures and addressing child labour and its worst forms through new, fit for purpose, targeted approaches.

  8. EQUIP : Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons

    1 September 2017 - 31 July 2021

    The Project aims to reduce human trafficking in Sri Lanka by intervening via a three pronged approach (3P’s) : Prevention, Protection and Prosecution through conducting research and awareness to inform regulations and practice, ensuring fair and ethical business recruitment practices are adopted, improving protection services for identified victims and prosecuting and investigating offenders.

  9. Healthy Socio-Economic Recovery of the Micro and Small Enterprise Sector of Sri Lanka (COVID-19)

    1 July 2020 - 31 March 2021

    Support for Micro and Small enterprises for healthy socio-economic recovery when they start the business under the COVID 19 pandemic

  10. Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration (REFRAME) in Sri Lanka

    1 January 2018 - 31 March 2021

    The REFRAME project in Sri Lanka aims to reduce abusive practices and violations of human and labour rights and enhance the protection of migrant workers during the recruitment process.


  1. JOBS for PEACE and RESILIENCE: Strengthening natural disaster resilience of rural communities and micro and small enterprises in the North and South West of Sri Lanka

    1 January 2018 - 31 March 2020

    The objective of this intervention is to contribute to implement the National Policy on building resilience and disaster mitigation measures by developing and demonstrating effective models in rural communities with special attention on the North and the South West of Sri Lanka where the recurrence of natural disasters is high.

  2. Safe Labour Migration Programme in Sri Lanka

    6 April 2013 - 29 February 2020

    Supported by the Government of Switzerland, this programme aims at ensuring an effective implementation of the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy while promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers.


  1. EMPOWER: Building peace through the economic empowerment of women in Northern Sri Lanka

    9 January 2018 - 8 June 2019

    The objective of this project is to increase access to economic empowerment, social integration, resilience and peacebuilding participation for conflict affected women in Mullaitivu, one of the most conflict-affected Northern Districts of Sri Lanka. The project is funded by the UN Peace Building Fund and implemented by the ILO, WFP, and Puthukkudiyiruppu Women Entrepreneurs’ Cooperative Society.


  1. Enhanced recognition of skills and reduced vulnerability of Sri Lankan construction workers in selected GCC countries – U.A.E. and Kuwait (IOM-ILO collaboration)

    1 August 2015 - 31 December 2018

    This project is a sub component of IOM (International Organization for Migration), project on “‘Strengthening Labour Migration Governance across Colombo Process Member States’” funded by SDC and operates in the framework of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, Colombo Process and the general approach of the UAE skills pilot.

  2. Country level engagement and assistance to reduce child labour (CLEAR)

    1 September 2015 - 31 December 2018

    The project will focus on improved national legislation on the worst forms of child labour to bring them into compliance with international standards.