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. Measures to Increase Employment of Nationals in Expatriate Dominated Occupations and promote decent work among all workers

    31 August 2016

    The high dependence on foreign labour makes employment and migration two interdependent issues requiring a coordinated strategy. On the one hand, nearly half of the employed are foreigners , and not only they play a predominant role in low skilled occupations, but are numerous also among professionals and technicians. On the other hand, despite the buoyant economic growth that allowed the Maldives to reach the status of a middle-income country in 2011 , the labour market has been increasingly characterised by unemployment and discouragement.

  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.

  3. Analysis of the Sri Lankakan Social Protection Schemes in the context of social protection floor objectives

    01 July 2016

  4. In-depth assessment of employment injury compensation arrangements in Sri Lanka

    01 July 2016

    ILO has assisted the Government by conducting a study to assess the feasibility of establishing an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme and to estimate financial requirements, explore coordination with other social security schemes, and to provide recommendations for a benefit package. The study has proposed a transformation from the employers’ liability scheme to employment injury insurance which is a desirable step in the development process of industrial injury compensation.

  5. Study on maternity protection insurance in Sri Lanka

    01 July 2016

    When women are discriminated against due to their reproductive role or not provided maternity protection, and when workers with family responsibilities are not protected, societal impacts can be wide-ranging.

  6. Factors affecting women’s labour force participation in Sri Lanka

    01 July 2016

    Female labour force participation rate in Sri Lanka has remained at a low rate, between 30–35 per cent in the past two decades, which is surprising given the consistently high educational attainment levels and other social indicators of women in the country. While research has focused on the supply-side factors that have kept female labour force participation rate at low levels, data on demand-side constraints is sparse. This study aims to identify those demand-side constraints through direct data from key players.


  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. Jobs Strategy

    16 August 2015

    Promoting Transformation and Job Creation in the Maldives

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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).

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.