Feature articles

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.

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.