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. Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder: Sri Lanka’s Child Labour Free Zones

    18 July 2018

    In recent years Sri Lanka has made great strides in tackling child labour. But when a community came together to take action it proved to be a step change. A district-wide child development plan got children out of work and into school. The result is the world’s first Child Labour Free Zone.

  2. Skills recognition of Sri Lankan migrant workers

    03 July 2018

    This policy brief demonstrates the potential of migrants to enhance their skills and explores the possibility of mainstreaming migrant workers skills assessment in the current national skills assessment framework

  3. Sri Lanka’s policy on labour migration: How far have we come?

    11 June 2018

    The brief takes stock of the implementation of the National Labour Migration Policy in Sri Lanka. objectives, delivery modalities, and the needs of male and female migrant workers and their families within the changing national and international contexts.

  4. Sri Lankan female migrant workers and the family background report

    11 June 2018

    The policy brief highlights the impacts of the FBR on women, their families, government structures and recruitment agents.

  5. Equipping Sri Lanka to counter trafficking in persons

    05 June 2018

    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.

  6. Time-use surveys and statistics in Asia and the Pacific: A review of challenges and future directions

    30 May 2018

    The report on Time-use surveys and statistics in Asia and the Pacific is a joint ILO-UNDP publication presenting a review of the recent situation and challenges on time-use statistics in the Region, with the main objective to advocate for better collection and use of time-use data in support of policy development such as gender equality.

  7. Profile of labour migration in Sri Lanka

    08 February 2018

    Over the past five years there has been a steady increase in the annual number of migrant workers deployed and the remittances received from abroad. Several factors contribute to the growing numbers including the search for better paying jobs, poverty, climate change, natural disasters, conflict and social factors.

  8. Child labour in Sri Lanka: At a glance

    29 January 2018

    Sri Lanka has made substantial improvements in the child labour arena in recent decades– this is apparent from trends in working chil-dren, child labour and children in hazardous forms of child labour. Relative to 1999 , Sri Lanka has observed a drastic decline in the population of working children, which currently stands at 103,704. A sizeable decline has also occurred in hazardous forms of child labour, as of 2016


  1. Fishermen's cooperative society in Irrananimathanagar

    22 December 2017

    The brochure provides an overview of the Fishermen's Cooperative Society in Irrananimathanagar supported by Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project in Sri Lanka

  2. Taking the lead in reconciliation, employment creation, gender and value addition

    22 December 2017

    The brochure provides an overview of the Vavuniya North Fruit Grower's Cooperative Society supported by Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project in Sri Lanka

  3. Employment and environmental sustainability in Sri Lanka

    18 November 2017

    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.

  4. Fostering workforce skills through education

    10 November 2017

    Empowered Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s development policy document, envisions reorienting the country toward a modern and high-value-adding economy that is able to compete effectively in the global market. Expanding the middle class and improving the living standards by creating 1 million jobs are at the core of the policy. This employment diagnostic study—Sri Lanka: Fostering Workforce Skills—seeks to support the realization of that vision.

  5. The National Policy on Elimination of Child Labour in Sri Lanka

    02 October 2017

    The objective of the National Policy on Elimination of Child Labour in Sri Lanka is to contribute to ending child labour and sustaining the results, with a priority on its worst forms, through collaborative action and shared responsibility involving (but not limited to) effective enforcement, mainstreaming child labor issues in key development policies and programmes, collaborative action with key stakeholders at the national and sub national levels, and promoting and facilitating a sustainable life-cycle approach to decent work, particularly for Sri Lanka’s youth.

  6. Labour market trends and skills profiles of Sri Lankan migrant workers in the construction industry in GCC countries

    09 August 2017

    This report specifically focuses on skills of migrant workers, in particular in the construction sector. Based on a trend analysis, the report reveals that there is an extensive gap in the skills that are supplied and those that are in demand. This issue has two dimensions. First, there is an overall shortage in the supply of labour from Sri Lanka. Second, the migrants do not have the skill-sets or qualifications that are in demand. The report further lays out possible factors that are exacerbating this gap and presents policy recommendations that address these identified factors.

  7. World of Work magazine: Migration should be a choice

    24 May 2017

    This year’s edition of the World of Work magazine highlights themes discussed by the ILO’s 106th International Labour Conference (ILC), including migration.

  8. Green Business Booklet

    12 May 2017

    Going green is not only good for the environment, but makes business sense too, as the greening of enterprises results in improved access to markets, higher productivity and cost savings. The Green Business Booklet is part of the Green Jobs packages and the Start and Improve Your Business series of products and helps aspiring entrepreneurs to come up with a green business idea and existing entrepreneurs to green their businesses.

  9. Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED)

    18 April 2017

    The brochure provides an overview of the Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) Project in Sri Lanka, highlighting the activities in the fruit and vegetable and fishery sectors.

  10. Sri Lanka Child Activity Survey 2016

    21 February 2017

  11. Mapping of the skills assessment procedures, certification standards and equivalencies between Sri Lanka, UAE & Kuwait

    03 February 2017

    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.