Feature articles

May 2015

  1. The way back to school

    31 May 2015

    Saddis Kumar's mother works in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. His father is unable to work due to a health problem. Saddis was about to fall into child labour, but then the ILO intervened. Read his story.

April 2015

  1. Technology lightens the load for factory inspector

    01 April 2015

    ‘LISA’ App on a tablet makes the job of a labour inspector in Colombo easier and helps monitor cases and ensure compliance with labour laws.

February 2015

  1. Peace, prosperity and papayas

    02 February 2015

    Her papaya crop is paying off for a widowed farmer helped by the ILO-supported LEED program, which has boosted business in fisheries, construction and agriculture.

July 2014

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    Bold move in Sri Lanka lets people with HIV get health coverage

    07 July 2014

    For the first time, leading insurance firms in Sri Lanka will cover HIV-related medical costs. The move – spearheaded by the ILO – means increased access to treatment and a better quality of life for HIV-positive patients and their families.

January 2013

  1. ILO helps Sri Lanka war victims pick up the pieces

    02 January 2013

    Fishermen who lost their boats during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war are back at sea. Farmers are learning to get better yields and war widows are running businesses. A look at how an ILO project is helping victims of the bitter conflict.

October 2012

  1. Rebuilding lives shattered in Sri Lanka’s conflict

    19 October 2012

    Three years after the end of Sri Lanka’s bitter civil war, victims are still struggling to rebuild their lives. A joint UN project seeks to give them a new start through training and job placement.

August 2012

  1. Beating idleness

    09 August 2012

    With a youth unemployment rate of more than 19 per cent, Sri Lanka is just one of many countries facing an uphill struggle to create jobs for youth. ILO News reports on a project that is part of the Organization’s worldwide efforts to avert a lost generation of unemployed youth.

July 2012

  1. Sri Lanka: New hope for war victims

    18 July 2012

    Decades of civil war have left deep scars in Sri Lanka. An ILO training project brings new hope to some of those whose lives and hopes were shattered by the violence.

April 2012

  1. Occupational safety and health quintessential to green jobs

    26 April 2012

    The main objective of the recently concluded training workshop conducted by the Waste Management Authority (WMA), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was to create awareness on improving the safety, health and efficiency of waste collectors. This project was funded by the ILO- Government of Australia Partnership Agreement. The crowd present at this workshop included waste collectors as well as people who work in this field along with Public Health officials.

September 2010

  1. Changing a young man's life

    30 September 2010

    By R. Sivapragasam, Senior Training Specialist, ILO Office in Colombo. (Batticaloa, Sri Lanka) Many young people in Sri Lanka have to drop out of school to support their families. 17-year-old Thangavel Nadesaseelan, from a remote village in Batticaloa District, had to start work at the age of 14 when his mother died. The Recovery Coordination Initiative (RCI) changed his life by providing the necessary vocational training that allowed him to find decent employment.