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.


  1. Workers’ Guide to Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation (No. 205)

    28 August 2019

    Through this Workers’ Guide, the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) provides information and guidance on how trade unions can ensure the implementation of this new global tool to their advantage. It is intended to serve as a valuable reference to workers’ organizations on the provisions of Recommendation No. 205.

  2. Business Continuity Plan: Disaster Mitigation and Building Resilience - Basic Guidelines for Preparation of Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for MSMEs

    02 August 2019

    This guidelines publication was created to help Sri Lanka micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to have a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in the event disasters strike. The plan will help to minimize the effect such disasters have on business operations and priortize business functions to ensure a smooth transition till the situation normalizes.

  3. Reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment: An ILO toolkit for Sri Lankan Journalists

    04 April 2019

    This toolkit was created to help Sri Lanka journalists report on fair recruitment and forced labour. It was created by the International Federation of Journalists and the Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka.

  4. Future of Work in Sri Lanka: Shaping technology transitions for a brighter future

    13 March 2019

    What impact will emerging technologies associated with 4IR have on the future world of work in Sri Lanka? Who will be the winners and losers and what can governments, industry, and citizens do to prepare for the changes that lie ahead? In particular, we focus on three issues: Automation and Job Displacement; Employment Conditions; and Inequities in the Labour Market.

  5. The ILO in Maldives

    12 March 2019

    This Country Leaflet gives an overview of ILO activities in Maldives. It summarizes the ILO’s history in the country, and outlines the work undertaken by the ILO in cooperation with the government and social partners on a wide range of work and workplace issues.

  6. The ILO in Sri Lanka

    12 March 2019

    This Country Leaflet gives an overview of ILO activities in Sri Lanka. It summarizes the ILO’s history in the country, and outlines the work undertaken by the ILO in cooperation with the government and social partners on a wide range of work and workplace issues.

  7. Exports to jobs: Boosting the gains from trade in South Asia

    26 February 2019

    The report, jointly produced by the World Bank and the International Labour Organization (ILO), breaks new ground in examining the impact of exports on local labor markets in South Asia.


  1. Future of Work for Tea Smallholders in Sri Lanka

    15 December 2018

    This study presents the findings of a mapping exercise commissioned by the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives to assess the current state of decent work among tea smallholders in Sri Lanka and its implications on the future of work in the tea industry.

  2. Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes [Executive Summary]

    10 December 2018

  3. Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes

    10 December 2018

    The latest Global Estimates indicate that 152 million children — 64 million girls and 88 million boys — are in child labour globally, accounting for almost one in 10 of all children worldwide. How can the world community get firmly on track toward eliminating child labour? The International Labour Organization report Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes points the way with policy approaches and responses.

  4. Assessment of the effects of annual drought and floods on child labour (hazardous and non-hazardous) and child welfare in Sri Lanka

    30 November 2018

    The study focuses on issues relating to current natural disasters in the context of Sri Lanka, its impact on children and their families, specifically on children’s loss of welfare, schooling, their vulnerabilities to child labour and prevailing child labour in the selected districts.

  5. Labour migration, skills development and the future of work in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries

    20 July 2018

    This paper maps in broad terms the present and future demand for migrant workers in the GCC countries, particularly those from Asian countries of origin, by highlighting key trends as well as the complex government challenges, constraints, and responses in a globalized world.

  6. Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder: Sri Lanka’s Child Labour Free Zones

    18 July 2018

    In recent years Sri Lanka has made great strides in tackling child labour. But when a community came together to take action it proved to be a step change. A district-wide child development plan got children out of work and into school. The result is the world’s first Child Labour Free Zone.

  7. Skills recognition of Sri Lankan migrant workers

    03 July 2018

    This policy brief demonstrates the potential of migrants to enhance their skills and explores the possibility of mainstreaming migrant workers skills assessment in the current national skills assessment framework

  8. Sri Lanka’s policy on labour migration: How far have we come?

    11 June 2018

    The brief takes stock of the implementation of the National Labour Migration Policy in Sri Lanka. objectives, delivery modalities, and the needs of male and female migrant workers and their families within the changing national and international contexts.

  9. Sri Lankan female migrant workers and the family background report

    11 June 2018

    The policy brief highlights the impacts of the FBR on women, their families, government structures and recruitment agents.

  10. Equipping Sri Lanka to counter trafficking in persons

    05 June 2018

    The Project aims to reduce human trafficking in Sri Lanka by intervening via a three pronged approach (3P’s) : Prevention, Protection and Prosecution through conducting research and awareness to inform regulations and practice, ensuring fair and ethical business recruitment practices are adopted, improving protection services for identified victims and prosecuting and investigating offenders.

  11. Time-use surveys and statistics in Asia and the Pacific: A review of challenges and future directions

    30 May 2018

    The report on Time-use surveys and statistics in Asia and the Pacific is a joint ILO-UNDP publication presenting a review of the recent situation and challenges on time-use statistics in the Region, with the main objective to advocate for better collection and use of time-use data in support of policy development such as gender equality.

  12. Profile of labour migration in Sri Lanka

    08 February 2018

    Over the past five years there has been a steady increase in the annual number of migrant workers deployed and the remittances received from abroad. Several factors contribute to the growing numbers including the search for better paying jobs, poverty, climate change, natural disasters, conflict and social factors.

  13. Child labour in Sri Lanka: At a glance

    29 January 2018

    Sri Lanka has made substantial improvements in the child labour arena in recent decades– this is apparent from trends in working chil-dren, child labour and children in hazardous forms of child labour. Relative to 1999 , Sri Lanka has observed a drastic decline in the population of working children, which currently stands at 103,704. A sizeable decline has also occurred in hazardous forms of child labour, as of 2016