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. Making Decent Work A National Reality Sri Lanka Road Map

    03 August 2009

    The Road Map captures the priority activities to be embarked on and the twenty Project Plans or Outlines have been derived from the National Plan of Action for Decent Work and designed round the key enabling initiatives contained in the National Plan of Action for Decent Work in Sri Lanka. Project outlines elaborated in this document are inter-related as the thread that links them all are Employment Creation (opportunity to work), Rights at Work, Social Dialogue and Social Protection, the four basic dimensions of Decent Work

  2. National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka Launched

    30 April 2009

    The ILO International Migration Branch, Geneva, and the ILO Office for Sri Lanka, Colombo, provided technical support to the tripartite plus consultative process for the formulation of the National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka. The Policy was officially launched by the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare on 24 February 2009, and approved by the Sri Lanka Cabinet on 30 April 2009.

  3. National framework on social dialogue (In English, Sinhala and Tamil)

    24 April 2009

    As a part of the ILO’s 90th anniversary celebrations, on 24 April 2009, the ILO was instrumental in developing and launching, through tripartite consultations, a National Framework on Social Dialogue, for employers and employees.

  4. ILO celebrates 90 years working for social justice: International Labour Organization and Sri Lanka

    01 April 2009

    This publication highlights a number of outstanding landmarks in the history of the ILO and its relationship with Sri Lanka.


  1. Informal employment in Sri Lanka: Nature, probability of employment, and determinants of wages

    15 October 2008

    A discussion paper on informal employment situation and wages in Sri Lanka.

  2. Integrated rural accessibility planning

    01 October 2008

    This brochure outlines the concepts of integrated rural accessibility planning, its strategy for implementation with particular reference to Sri Lanka.

  3. National labour migration policy for Sri Lanka

    01 October 2008

    The policy articulates the State’s commitment to ensuring a labour migration process that adheres to principles of good governance and rights and responsibilities enshrined in international instruments to advance opportunities for all men and women to engage in migration for decent and productive employment in conditions of freedom, dignity, security and equity.

  4. Decent Work Country Programme Sri Lanka 2008-2012

    01 April 2008

    This document outlines the Decent Work Country Programme for Sri lanka for the period 2008-2012.

  5. Best practices in social insurance for migrant workers: The case of Sri Lanka

    01 March 2008

    Highlights the Overseas Workers Welfare Fund (OWWF) with special focus on social insurance schemes that are a permanent feature of the migration process in Sri Lanka.


  1. National action plan for youth employment in Sri Lanka

    01 September 2006

    Contains strategic assessments and policy recommendations. It was produced under the purview of the Youth Employment Network (YEN) established by the Government of Sri Lanka involving senior policy-makers from government agencies and institutions, the private sector and the civil society.

  2. National policy on decent work

    31 August 2006

    Identifies the existing weaknesses in the focus areas of Decent Work and sets out policies designed to overcome them, while the National Plan of Action converts policy into action. Together these two documents set out the direction that Sri Lanka needs to take in implementing economic and social development. It is also the point of convergence for other policies on several aspects of decent work, and thus creates a blueprint for action in creating employment, and in ensuring the quality of work and workers’ lives.

  3. Reaching behind closed doors: A survey of legal and policy responses to child domestic labour in South Asia together with recommendations for reform

    05 April 2006

    This paper frames the international standard of protection in the context of child domestic labour and reviews by comparison the extent of legal and policy measures relating to this sector across South Asia.

  4. Needs Asessment Survey for Income Recovery (NASIR) - III: a survey carried out in tsunami-affected areas in Sri Lanka during October 2005

    01 April 2006

    A survey carried out in Tsunami-affected areas in Sri Lanka during October 2005.


  1. Social dialogue at enterprise level: successful experiences

    06 May 2005

    The study introduces concepts of social dialogue at the workplace, enumerates enabling condidions for social dialogue to work effectively and demonstrates positive features of social dialogue with empirical studies.

  2. ISSUES, Vol. 4, No. 1, April 2005

    01 April 2005

    The ISSUES is published three times a year by the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific covering the work of the ILO in Asia-Pacific region. For this issue, it focuses on tsunami reconstruction in Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.


  1. Migrant workers and human rights: Out-migration from South Asia

    08 September 2004

    This publication is in line with ILO mandate in support of migrant workers. The studies covering five countries in South Asia - Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were undertaken from August to November 2003. It presents an overview of out-migration from South Asia and is intended to be utilized as background material for the General Discussion on Migrant Workers at June 2004 Session of the International Labour Conference.

  2. Partnerships for childcare

    25 May 2004


  1. Sri Lanka: Good practices to prevent women migrant workers from going into exploitative forms of labour

    01 December 2002

    Focuses on the situation of the women migrant workers in their families, workplaces, communities and societies in sending and receiving countries and also on the initiatives, policies and programmes, “good” and “bad” practices implemented by government, private recruitment and employment agencies and a wide range of social actors to assist and protect women migrants against exploitation and abuse and to prevent them from being trafficked.


  1. Sri Lanka: Child activity survey: Sri Lanka (1999)

    18 October 1999

    A report on child labour activity in Sri Lanka in 1999 based on the Household Based Survey Module on Child Labour.


  1. Pakistan: Summary results of child labour survey in Pakistan (1996)

    09 October 1996

    Summary of findings of a child labour survey conducted in Pakistan by the Federal Bureau of Statistics, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis and the ILO in 1996.