IPS research on Human Resources for Sustained Development addresses the constraints to strengthening Sri Lanka’s human resources to meet the changing demands of a globalized economy. Improving access to high quality tertiary level education, meeting gaps in the quality and access to general education, and addressing health concerns such as nutrition and prevalence of NCDs are important to ensure success in education and greater productivity in work life. The challenges are compounded by demographic transitions reflected in a shrinking working age population and a growing older population that require improvements in productivity and labour force participation rates.


Presentation on ‘Shadow Education in Sri Lanka’

IPS In-house seminar
24 April 2018

Presentation on ‘Better Schools and Teachers for Better Education Outcomes in Sri Lanka

Organized by the Ministry of Education
11 April 2018

Presentation on ‘Education in Sri Lanka’

At the New Thinkers’ Symposium
Organized by IPS
27 February 2018


Why People Choose to Participate in the Temporary Forms of Employment in Sri Lanka

Priyanka Jayawardena
Organized by the Department of Manpower and Employment
12 September 2017
Department of Manpower and Employment


Living Wage Study for the Estate Sector of Sri Lanka

Priyanka Jayawardena
At the Stakeholder Validation Workshop
Organized by IPS, Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC), and Fairtrade International (FLO)
24 August 2017
Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium


Distributional Impact of Fiscal Policy

Priyanka Jayawardena 
At the Evidence-Based Policy for Poverty Reduction Workshop
Organized by the World Bank
08 May 2017
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo

Presentation on “Policy Research Institutions and the Health SDGs: National Preparedness in South Asia

At the A 1000 Days of SDGs- Looking  Ahead conference

Organized by the Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in cooperation with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and THINK_SDGs

Yolanthika Ellepola

04 – 05 December 2017

Maison de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland

Chaired the session on “Labour Market Reforms

At the Economic Freedom Country Audit
Organized by the Advocata Institute
Nisha Arunatilake
12 October 2017

Global Towers Hotel, Colombo

‘Assessing the Sri Lankan Girls’ and Young Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment for Leadership’ Sunimalee Madurawala

At the Media Briefing on Sri Lankan Girls and Young Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment for Leadership

Organized by Plan International Sri Lanka and Ministry of Women and Child Affairs

10 October 2017


An Example of High Level Political Commitment to the SDGs, with Benefits for Health in Sri Lanka

At the Accelerating Political Support for SDG Implementation Conference

Hosted by the Government of Chile and coordinated by the Network of Global Health Policy Think Tanks (THINK_SDGs), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Alianza Latinoamericana de Salud Global (ALASAG), the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

25 – 27 July 2017

Santiago, Chile

(By Yolanthika Ellepola)


Education Research Institutes Network (ERI-Net) Regional Expert Meeting on Harnessing the Power of Research to Achieve SDG4 – Education 2030
Organized by UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand
Nisha Arunatilake
24/11/2016- 25/11/2016
Bangkok, Thailand

“Where is the data?”
Presented by Nisha Arunatilake
At the “Realising Gender Goals in the SDGs: Role of the Media”
Organized by UN Women
Taj Samudra

Presentation on “Are the Plantation Workers Adequately Remunerated: Estimation of Living Wage for the Tea Plantations in Sri Lanka”, IPS Conference Room, 31 March.
(Team: Nisha Arunatilake, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, Priyanka Jayawardena and Neluka Gunasekera)

Presentation on “What are the Most Important Points Raised in the Book for the Debate about Education and Employment Policy in Sri Lanka in the Next 5-10 Years?” at panel discussion and launch of book “Globalization, Employment and Education in Sri Lanka”, organized by the British Council, Taj Samudra, 3 May.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Presentation on “Integrating Migrant Workers in Labour Market Statistics” at the workshop on “Gender”, Renuka Hotel, 29 July.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Presented and participated at a panel discussion on “Science, Technology and Innovation Development” at the “Science and Technology for Society Forum Sri Lanka, 2016”, organized by the Ministry of Science Technology and Research for the Society (STS) Forum, Water’s Edge, 8 September.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)

Presented the findings of “Skills and Education Chapter of Country and Employment Diagnostic Studies”, at the consultation workshop organised by ADB, Hilton Colombo, 19 August.
(By: Priyanka Jayawardena)

Presentation on “Sri Lankan Labour Market – Recent Trends” at the consultation workshop on “Sri Lanka Country and Employment Diagnostic Studies”, organized by the ADB, Hilton Colombo, 19 August.
(By: Sunimalee Madurawala)


Presentation on “An Assessment of Implementation of School Canteens Guidelines”, IPS Auditorium, 16 March.
(By: Samanthi Bandara)

Presentation on “Malnutrition in the Plantation Sector” at the workhop organised by Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure Development, to facilitate the “Formulation of 10 Year National Plan of Action for Social Development of the Plantation Community”, Taj Samudra Hotel, 30 April.
(By: Priyanka Jayawardena)

Discussant at the Technical Session on “Unpaid Work” at the “57th Conference of Indian Society of Labour Economics”, Jammu and Kashmir, India, 09 to 12 October.
(By: Ganga Tilakaratne)

Presentation on “Wage Differentials in a Segmented Labour Market” based on DCS data at the “World Statistics Day: 20 October 2015”, at the national seminar organized by the Department of Census and Statistics, Colombo, 20 October.
(By: Priyanka Jayawardena)

Presentation on “What Factors Matter For Livelihood of Older Workers?”, at the “Young Scholars Symposium” organized by South Asia Research Network (SARNET), New Delhi, India, 26 October.
(By: Samanthi Bandara)

Poster (an abstract) presentation on “Guidelines Sans Implementation: Is it Useful for Changing Food Behaviour Among School Children”, at the “International Conference on Maternal and Child Nutrition”, organized by South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRAN) and UNICEF, Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, 23 and 24 November. (By: Samanthi Bandara)

Abstract presentation on “Service Quality of School Canteens: A Case Study from the Western Province, Sri Lanka”, at the “Annual Research Forum of the Sri Lankan Agricultural Economic Association”, Peradeniya University, Kandy, 27 November.
(By: Samanthi Bandara)


Presentation on “Gender Equality and Empowering Young Women in Sri Lanka” at the South Asian Regional Conference on “Women, Work and Poverty”, Islamabad, Pakistan, 17 and 18 April.
(By: Sunimalee Madurawala)

Delivered a guest lecture on “Has E-waste Devastated the Country? A Review of the Impact of E-waste in Sri Lanka” for the meeting of Rotary Club of Colombo Regency (RCCR), Royal Colombo Golf Club, Borella, 23 May.
(By: Samanthi Bandara)

Presentation on “Socio-economic Determinants of Child and Maternal Malnutrition in the Estate Sector of Sri Lanka” at the Second International Conference on “Global Public Health”, Negombo, 3 to 4 July.
(By: Priyanka Jayawardena)

Impact of Migration and Remittances on Social Mobility in Sri Lanka
Workshop on “Asian Approaches to Social Mobility Experience, Lessons and Opportunities for Cooperation”
Cinnamon Grand
21 August 2014
Nisha Arunatilake

Presentation on “Making Impact Evaluation Matter: Better Evidence for Effective Policies and Programmes”at the conference “A quasi-experiment on the effect of e-learning on students’ mathematics scores and attitudes in Sri Lanka, (in absentia)”, Philippines, 5 September.
(By: Bilesha Weeraratne)

Presentation on “The Labour Market in Sri Lanka” at the ICRIER-World Bank Conference on “Jobs for Development: Challenges and Solutions”, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 1 to 2 December.
(By: Nisha Arunatilake)