Feature articles

February 2022

  1. Better Work partners with Sri Lankan garment industry stakeholders

    25 February 2022

    The ILO and IFC’s Better Work programme is launching an ambitious industry-level intervention in Sri Lanka, with the support of the European Union. The shared goal is to strengthen the apparel industry recovering from the pandemic and work toward a future of increased resilience, efficiency, and sustainability.

  2. Sowing seeds of change

    02 February 2022

    It takes thick skin and hard work to succeed as a woman farmer in Sri Lanka. From cultivating her backyard to breaking norms, Raasarathinam Arulrahini shares her journey.

July 2021

  1. 10 years on from the ILO Domestic Workers Convention: What has changed?

    29 July 2021

    Over half of the world’s domestic workers are in Asia and the Pacific. 10 years on from the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), Anna Olsen, Technical Specialist at the International Labour Organization’s TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme, discusses progress made and ongoing challenges for ensuring decent work for domestic workers in the region.

June 2021

  1. Making a new wave

    30 June 2021

    The growing demand for sea cucumber has paid dividends for Rasakulam and his community, but this burgeoning industry wouldn’t be where it is without some backing.

  2. Tapping into a flood resilient future in Sri Lanka

    03 June 2021

    Hugely valuable both economically and as a part of nature, Kithul (or Fishtail palm) trees support rural livelihoods and increase flood resilience in disaster prone areas of Sri Lanka. ILO is working with rural communities to keep Kithul farmers safe and this important industry alive.

April 2021

  1. Restarting with resilience

    26 April 2021

    A Value Chain Financing (VCF) model piloted by ILO as part of its COVID-19 response is helping Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) access working capital, and regain their footing

February 2021

  1. Growing a field of dreams

    10 February 2021

    For the many first-time women farmers in the village of Chettikulam, black gram offers new opportunities. Through its work in the agriculture sector, ILO Sri Lanka’s LEED+ project is working with Coops, government officials, and private sector to create sustainable livelihoods, and empowered communities.

December 2020

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    Coconuts, commitment and changing circumstances

    07 December 2020

    Coco chips are widely used by farmers and gardeners. The ILO’s LEED+ project works with the private sector and local communities in Sri Lanka to develop coco chips as a mutually beneficial business.

December 2019

  1. Sweet dreams are made of sugar and spice

    03 December 2019

    The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs: Women of the Northern Province are stimulating a culture of entrepreneurship

November 2019

  1. Disability – why your opinion is important

    22 November 2019

    Persons with disabilities are too often judged by what they are not rather than what they are, says Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin. The deaf film star is calling for support for a campaign against #invalidopinions that is being launched during the Global Business and Disability Network meeting at the ILO from 21–22 November.