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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.