Feature articles

April 2010

  1. Physical disability no barrier to young Sri Lankan entrepreneur

    29 April 2010

    By Henrik Vistisen & Gihan Thalgodapitiya, Youth Employment Project, (ILO/Japan), Sri Lanka (Kegalle, Sri Lanka) Puspakumara turns on the light and positions his wheelchair in front of a workbench at his electronics repair shop. Television monitors and mobile phones are carefully laid out on the bench as Puspakumara gets down to work.

January 2010

  1. New ILO report on labour and social trends in Sri Lanka, 2009

    29 January 2010

    By Steven Kapsos, ILO Geneva. On December 8 2009, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower, Central Bank and Department of Census and Statistics released a joint report on “Labour and Social Trends in Sri Lanka 2009", which was produced with technical and financial support from the ILO. The report provides a broad review of major trends in labour and social conditions in Sri Lanka, and also looks ahead to 2020 with informed projections, likely scenarios and policy implications.

April 2009

  1. Fish and fairs support economic development in Sri Lanka

    30 April 2009

    By Roel Hakemulder, Advisor, Enter-Growth Project, Sri Lanka. The ornamental fish breeders of Polonnaruwa District in Sri Lanka had a problem--not enough water. In 2007, with support from the ILO’s Sida-funded Enterprise for Pro-poor Growth project (Enter-Growth), the District Enterprise Forum, conducted an analysis and identified ways to solve their problems. These included improving their skills, help them get finance and provide better information on market requirements.