Publications

The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Sri Lanka. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Office in Sri Lanka.

2021

  1. Workforce and migration patterns of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry: Implications for growth of the sector

    21 April 2021

    This report considers factors that drive workers from the Sri Lankan tourism industry to migrate overseas; seeks to understand the impact of labour turnover on the local industry; and identify the recruitment channels workers use to secure labour market opportunities overseas.

  2. Productivity interventions available to garment factories in Asia: A mapping study

    19 April 2021

    This study focuses on the availability of productivity interventions in the Asian garment sectors. By examining a subset of productivity interventions available to the industry, the paper depicts a broader picture of what type of support services are available to Asian garment factories.

  3. Employment and environmental sustainability in Sri Lanka

    01 April 2021

    The Employment and Environmental Sustainability Fact Sheets series provides key indicators of employment and environmental sustainability performance. They include: (i) employment in environmental sectors; (ii) skill levels; (iii) vulnerability of jobs; (iv) jobs in renewable energy; and (v) scoring on the Environmental Performance Index.

  4. Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No.188): Netting Gains for Sri Lanka

    02 February 2021

    This study was commissioned to identify how the ratification of C 188 convention by the Government of Sri Lanka would impact on different stakeholders. Working in the agriculture and fisheries sector, the ILO's LEED+ project has a strong focus on creating inclusive, decent work opportunities. It is expected that the C 188 Convention, if ratified by the Government of Sri Lanka, will not only promote decent work conditions in the fisheries sector and create additional employment, but also generate significant economic returns to the country.

  5. Domestic Workers and Decent Work in Sri Lanka

    05 January 2021

    In repsonse to a Government of Sri Lanka request, this Reporth ighlights key findings from a study which examined the living and working conditions of domestic workers and assessed the current legal and policy gaps to ratify ILO's Decent Work for Domestic Workers Covention (No 189)

2020

  1. The supply chain ripple effect: How COVID-19 is affecting garment workers and factories in Asia and the Pacific

    21 October 2020

    This research brief assesses the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on workers and factories in garment supply chains in Asia and the Pacific, presenting evidence from the main garment-exporting countries of the region, summarizing policy responses and proposing ways forward.

  2. Platformization of the tourism sector in Sri Lanka: Impacts on labour market and decent work opportunities

    10 September 2020

    This paper considers the impacts that digital platforms are likely to have on the tourism sector -- one of the 'bright spots' in Sri Lanka's future of work.

  3. Green jobs in Sri Lanka: Linkages between environmental sustainability and decent work

    10 September 2020

    'Greens Jobs' are a bright spot in Sri Lanka's Future of Work. This paper focuses on opportunities and sectoral challenges for Green Jobs in Sri Lanka, highlighting knowledge gaps, skills, environmental sustainability and decent work.

  4. A Comprehensive analysis of remittances: Sri Lanka

    26 August 2020

    The publication is an outcome of a study undertaken under the Labour Migration Policy Project (Phase III) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It is envisaged that the findings contribute to an evidence base on remittances to Sri Lanka useful for the foreign employment and financial sectors. Specifically to contribute to reducing cost of remittances in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 10.c) to reduce remittance cost to 3 percent of remittance amount.

  5. Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

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    Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  7. Assessment of the Key Bottlenecks for Private Sector Investments in the Northern Province

    30 June 2020

    This publication ‘Assessment of the Key Bottlenecks for Private Sector Investments in the Northern Province’ is the result of the assessment carried out under the Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation" - LEED+ project of the globally flagged Jobs for Peace and Resilience (JPR) programme. The study was commissioned by the ILO in order to identify key barriers for private sector investments to the Northern Province, with the plan of advocating for addressing these barriers for bringing in more investments to the area and generate decent jobs in both formal and informal sectors.

  8. An ILO for All Seasons-The International Labour Organization's Ways out of Crisis

    29 June 2020

    Over a hundred years, the ILO has developed International Labour Standards and Policy Responses to mitigate the effects of employment and social crises.The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how hasards move in a globalized world. It has highlighted the need to use the tools that are available for countering social and economic crises and securing the safety and health of workers. This book traces the development of these tools and the ways in which they have been successfully applied over the last hundred years.

  9. Guidance note on employment intensive tank rehabilitation

    18 June 2020

    This publication is an important result of the ILO's Climate Resilience project implemented in the Northern Province, with the view of building drought resilience of small holder agriculture communities. The guidance note explains the technical process of selecting minor irrigation systems for rehabilitation, how to adopt employment intensive mechanisms in tank rehabilitation and other key features pertaining.

  10. Social protection systems for all to prevent homelessness and facilitate access to adequate housing

    20 February 2020

    The role of social protection systems in reducing poverty and inequality, preventing homelessness, and facilitating access to adequate housing.

  11. Mainstreaming disaster resilience: Identifying opportunities in national policies and legal framework in relation to rural development

    31 January 2020

    This publication ‘Mainstreaming Disaster Resilience: Identifying Opportunities in National Policies and Legal Framework in relation to Rural Development’ is an important result of the collaboration between the ILO and the Government of Sri Lanka. The desk review of policies combined with a literature review, and solicitation of recommendations from key stakeholders and experts has resulted in the articulation of a range of options for future policy development in watershed and water resource management in land-use and development planning.

  12. Opportunities and challenges in formation and functioning of trade unions in Sri Lanka

    29 January 2020

    This paper was prepared for trade unions in Sri Lanka to strategise on opportunities and challenges in freedom of association and collective bargaining, in accordance with ILO Conventions No. 87 and No. 98.

2019

  1. The Maldives minimum wage report

    15 December 2019

    Following an official request of the Government of the Maldives, the ILO conducted a study on assessing the needs of workers and their families, and economic factor to set a minimum wage for the country.

  2. Presence of human trafficking and forced labour in labour migration - Sri Lanka

    04 December 2019

    This study was undertaken within the framework of the International Labour Organization (ILO) project on “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)”, funded by the US Department of States Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs.

  3. Employment and environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

    20 November 2019

    The Employment and Environmental Sustainability Fact Sheets series provides key indicators of employment and environmental sustainability performance. They include: (i) employment in environmental sectors; (ii) skill levels; (iii) vulnerability of jobs; (iv) jobs in renewable energy; and (v) scoring on the Environmental Performance Index.

  4. Web Application on Freedom of Association

    02 November 2019

    How to secure and promote freedom of association? This web application provides an overview of the principles on freedom of association and explains how ILO procedures and bodies can be best used to secure and promote freedom of association across the world.