The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Sri Lanka. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Office in Sri Lanka.


  1. Mapping of the skills Assessment Procedures , Certification standards and Equivalencies between Sri Lanka, UAE & Kuwait

    03 February 2017

    At national level the labour migration policy in Sri Lanka highlights the way forward for the labour migration sector in Sri Lanka through the promotion of enhanced skills of migrant workers. Likewise, regional level dialogues such as the Colombo Process, recognize the need to study and discuss common procedures in recognizing the qualifications of workers from countries of origin in countries of destination, particularly in the GCC where there is a high demand for construction industry workers. Better and increased recognition of skills and qualifications of workers, has been identified as one of the five thematic areas under the Colombo Process. The CP Member States have endorsed “developing frameworks for skills training and recognition aligned with destination counties” as one of the recommendations specific to this thematic area in the Colombo Declaration 2016, which was adopted at the Fifth Ministerial Consultation of the CP in August 2016. This report seeks to map the existing skills certification requirements and standards in Sri Lanka, against the skills required by countries of destination such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait. It further highlights the equivalencies and gaps in the construction sector in the identified occupations and recommends measures to improve the implementation of the skills qualification framework and quality of training services of prospective Sri Lankan construction workers who seek employment in UAE and Kuwait.


  1. Code of conduct and guidelines to prevent and address sexual harassment in workplace

    20 September 2016

    The right to safe working conditions and equality in treatment at the workplace are inseparable from the right to work. The right to work can be seriously impaired with when employees are subjected to sexual and gender based forms of violence such as sexual harassment in the workplace.

  2. ILO Colombo E-Newsletter - 8th issue

    08 August 2016

    Welcome to the 8th issue of ILO Colombo’s newsletter. In this issue, you will find stories from our projects, updates on events and other information.


  1. ILO Colombo E-Newsletter - 7th issue

    31 December 2015

    Welcome to the seventh issue of ILO Colombo’s newsletter. In this issue, you will find stories from our projects, updates on events and other information.

  2. Sub- Policy and National Action Plan on Return and Reintegration of Migrant Workers Sri Lanka

    10 December 2015

    The sub-policy document complements the National Labour Migration Policy and focuses on 5 strategies. It also contains a detailed Action Plan under each strategy.

  3. Migration Development Officers: bringing services to the local community

    01 December 2015

    Policy brief on the work of Migration Development Officers at local level, the challenges they face and recommendations for better service delivery.

  4. Strengthening Migrant Workers' Grievance Handling Processes

    01 December 2015

    Policy brief on types of migrant worker grievances, how they are addressed locally and through diplomatic missions overseas and mechanisms to establish comprehensive grievance handling in Sri Lanka.

  5. Accessing Information for Safe and Informed Migration

    01 November 2015

    Policy brief on the safe migration tools were designed and cascaded to the local level through government officers, their issues and challenges on sharing safe migration at local level.

  6. ILO Publications Catalogue 2015

    01 October 2015

  7. Formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy (NHREP) for Sri Lanka: A country case study

    18 September 2015

  8. Return and Reintegration in Sri Lanka: Creating an empowering landscape for returnee migrants

    01 July 2015

    Policy brief on reintegration landscape for returnee migrants which include reintegration frameworks, services and focus areas for policy level intervention

  9. ILO Colombo E-Newsletter - 6th issue

    01 July 2015

    Welcome to the sixth issue of ILO Colombo’s newsletter. In this issue, you will find stories from our projects, updates on events and other information.

  10. Independent evaluation of the ILO's strategies on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, Volume I Full Report - Rev. Ed. (2015)

    08 June 2015

    Covering the period from 2008 to 2014, this evaluation reviews ILO’s strategy to advance Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW), namely: the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is widely known and exercised (Outcome 14); forced labour is eliminated (Outcome 15); child labour is eliminated, with priority to the worst forms of child labour (Outcome 16); and discrimination in employment and occupation is eliminated (Outcome 17). The case studies are contained in Volume II (online only).

  11. Independent evaluation of the ILO's strategies on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, Volume II Annexes - Rev. Ed. (2015)

    07 June 2015

    This report contains a collection of case studies as well as other thematic reports which were gathered as part of the desk review for the full report, Volume 1. SEE EDITOR's NOTE WITH APOLOGY.

  12. Measuring children’s work in South Asia: Perspectives from national household surveys

    09 April 2015

    The report provides an overview and insight into the nature and extent of child labour and children’s employment and educational marginalization in the South Asian countries and region.

  13. The skills gap in four industrial sectors in Sri Lanka

    07 April 2015

    In response to a request from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development to carry out an assessment of the skills gap in four initial priority sectors identified by the Government of Sri Lanka, the ILO commissioned this study to identify the critical issues that need to be addressed in order to bridge the gap generated by the skills mismatch in the four sectors. As such, this report serves as an overview of the skills gap in the information communication and technology industry, tourism and hospitality industry, construction industry, and light engineering industry.

  14. Pre-departure Preparation of Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka

    01 April 2015

    Policy brief on SLBFE procedure on pre-departure orientation and services for low-skilled migrant workers, competency level, issues and challenges.

  15. The ILO in Maldives

    25 March 2015

    This Country Leaflet gives an overview of ILO activities in Maldives. It summarizes the ILO’s history in the country, and outlines the work undertaken by the ILO in cooperation with the government and social partners on a wide range of work and workplace issues.


  1. Labour laws, the business environment and the growth of micro and small enterprises in South Asia

    15 December 2014

    This report provides empirical evidence on the influence labour related laws and regulations have on enterprise growth and the promotion of decent and productive employment.

  2. Strengthening migrant workers' grievance handling process

    30 November 2014