Publications

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.

2022

  1. Sri Lanka: The Employment - Environment - Climate Nexus: Employment and environmental sustainability factsheet

    30 November 2022

    The Employment-Environment-Climate Nexus Factsheets are a series produced for countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This Factsheet provides key features of labour market and environmental sustainability performance in Sri Lanka, as well as vulnerability to climate change and sectors with green jobs potential.

  2. Maldives: The Employment - Environment - Climate Nexus: Employment and environmental sustainability factsheet

    30 November 2022

    The Employment-Environment-Climate Nexus Factsheets are a series produced for countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This Factsheet provides key features of labour market and environmental sustainability performance in Maldives, as well as vulnerability to climate change and sectors with green jobs potential.

  3. Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2022: Rethinking sectoral strategies for a human-centred future of work (Summary)

    28 November 2022

    Labour markets are recovering from the COVID-19 crisis in Asia and the Pacific, but now face new challenges like inflation and geopolitical tensions. The report gives the regional labour market context and makes a first-time assessment of regional sectoral estimates to highlight which sectors are growing as sources of jobs, which are shrinking and which harbour opportunities for “decent work”.

  4. Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2022: Rethinking sectoral strategies for a human-centred future of work

    28 November 2022

    Labour markets are recovering from the COVID-19 crisis in Asia and the Pacific, but now face new challenges like inflation and geopolitical tensions. The report gives the regional labour market context and makes a first-time assessment of regional sectoral estimates to highlight which sectors are growing as sources of jobs, which are shrinking and which harbour opportunities for “decent work”.

  5. The labour market implications of Sri Lanka's multiple crises

    13 October 2022

    Trends and challenges in Sri Lanka's labour market from pre-pandemic through COVID-19 and up to the current crisis, followed by policy recommendations.

  6. The working conditions of home-based workers in Sri Lanka: A literature review

    28 September 2022

    Desk study to identify the nature and extent of home-based work in Sri Lanka, specifically with respect to workers in micro and small enterprises, in the lower tiers of national and global supply chains

  7. World Social Protection Report 2020-22: Regional companion report for Asia and the Pacific

    30 August 2022

    This regional companion report is intended to complement the ILO’s World Social Protection Report 2020–22. It includes a section summarizing the status of social protection worldwide, followed by a section highlighting key social protection developments, challenges and priorities for this region from a life-cycle perspective.

  8. Labor migration in Asia: COVID-19 impacts, challenges, and policy responses

    31 May 2022

    This publication analyzes the region’s labour migration outlook, corresponding economic and policy developments, and changes caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It overviews labour migration to and from different Asian economies and details policy approaches in major origin and destination economies of labour migrants.

  9. Strengthening women's economic empowerment and access to Decent Work in Sri Lanka's Northern province

    01 March 2022

    At the core of women's economic empowerment is access and agency; while access to skills, resources, services, and market opportunities is one aspect of advancement, the other, agency is about the power of decision-making. This document provides a snapshot of different approaches implemented by LEED+ towards achieving the above.

2021

  1. Extending social health protection: Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage in Asia and the Pacific

    07 December 2021

    This regional report documents and analyses country experiences and lessons on the extension of social health protection coverage in the Asia and the Pacific region. It provides a detailed account of progress made, challenges encountered and remaining coverage gaps, and explores their root causes.

  2. Trade Union common position paper: Building Back Better from COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

    15 November 2021

    A joint proposal from trade unions in Sri Lanka on: inclusive and sustainable actions that stimulate the economy and employment; support enterprises, jobs and incomes; protect workers in the world of work; and strengthen social dialogue underpinned by international labour standards, for a workers' agenda in 'Building Back Better from COVID-19'.

  3. Impact of COVID-19 on nexus between climate change and labour migration in selected South Asian countries: An exploratory study

    14 October 2021

    Climate change has been identified as the single greatest risk for achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals. In South Asia, the world of work can be affected by various aspects of climate change including extreme heat, flooding or drought, or that can cause a rise in water-borne diseases, dengue or malaria, or bring pests that damage crops, among other disasters. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the risks to the world of work have been magnified in both rural and urban areas, particularly in the informal economy.

  4. Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: Progress and prospects in Asia and the Pacific, ten years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189)

    16 June 2021

    In 2011, the international community adopted the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), which recognized for the first time that domestic work is work and that domestic workers should enjoy the same labour protections as all other workers.

  5. Greener clothes? Environmental initiatives and tools in the garment sector in Asia

    07 June 2021

    The increasing social and environmental impacts of the textile and garment supply chain are well known and have resulted in the development of an array of initiatives, tools and assessment platforms to enhance the sustainability of the sector. There is a great deal of diversity in these initiatives, including differences in their focus, the actors involved, who the beneficiaries are, the longevity of the activities and how they define and measure success. The report highlights where there might be gaps in the current offerings of initiatives, and what types of initiatives have alignment with MSMEs knowledge and learning needs, as a way to highlight where future attention in developing new or enhanced initiatives might lie.

  6. Leveraging advanced technology to improve labour mobility governance

    25 May 2021

    This paper was prepared by Rebecca Napier-Moore and Anna Olsen and presented at session two of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue with the theme: Leveraging advanced technology to improve labour mobility governance on 25 May 2021.

  7. Workforce and migration patterns of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry: Implications for growth of the sector

    21 April 2021

    This report considers factors that drive workers from the Sri Lankan tourism industry to migrate overseas; seeks to understand the impact of labour turnover on the local industry; and identify the recruitment channels workers use to secure labour market opportunities overseas.

  8. Productivity interventions available to garment factories in Asia: A mapping study

    19 April 2021

    This study focuses on the availability of productivity interventions in the Asian garment sectors. By examining a subset of productivity interventions available to the industry, the paper depicts a broader picture of what type of support services are available to Asian garment factories.

  9. Employment and environmental sustainability in Sri Lanka

    01 April 2021

    The Employment and Environmental Sustainability Fact Sheets series provides key indicators of employment and environmental sustainability performance. They include: (i) employment in environmental sectors; (ii) skill levels; (iii) vulnerability of jobs; (iv) jobs in renewable energy; and (v) scoring on the Environmental Performance Index.

  10. Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No.188): Netting Gains for Sri Lanka

    02 February 2021

    This study was commissioned to identify how the ratification of C 188 convention by the Government of Sri Lanka would impact on different stakeholders. Working in the agriculture and fisheries sector, the ILO's LEED+ project has a strong focus on creating inclusive, decent work opportunities. It is expected that the C 188 Convention, if ratified by the Government of Sri Lanka, will not only promote decent work conditions in the fisheries sector and create additional employment, but also generate significant economic returns to the country.

  11. Domestic Workers and Decent Work in Sri Lanka

    05 January 2021

    In response to a Government of Sri Lanka request, this Report highlights key findings from a study which examined the living and working conditions of domestic workers and assessed the current legal and policy gaps to ratify ILO's Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention (No 189)