Priyanka Jayawardena

Bridging the Skill Gap: A Challenge in Sri Lanka’s Quest for Economic Growth

Human capital is an essential resource in achieving the Sri Lankan Government’s envisaged development goals and transforming the country into a modern manufacturing economy. High quality human resources with expertise in science and technology and a skilled labour force are also necessary to compete globally. However, Sri Lanka is facing a major challenge in meeting these emerging skill requirements. In this context, this article by Priyanka Jayawardena explores some policy recommendations to bridge the widening skill gap.

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Burning Health Costs for Poor in Sri Lanka

This article explores the driving factors behind Sri Lanka’s health costs, despite free health care services, and the policies the country can implement to overcome these challenges.


Transforming “Manpower Employment” to Decent Work of Greater Quality

With the aim of exploring ways to transform manpower employment to decent work of greater quality, this article explores some hidden information in the manpower business, based on a study carried out by IPS.


Sri Lanka Needs Equal Access to Science Education

Despite the high demand for science and technology skills in Sri Lanka, there’s a shortage in the supply of skills to meet the demand. This article identifies the reasons behind this and how those issues can be addressed.


Sri Lanka Needs a New Framework for ‘Precarious Workers’

In the past 5-6 years alone, the number of precarious workers – those not covered by labour laws and susceptible to their rights being violated, rose by over 300,000 in Sri Lanka. These workers are in a highly disadvantaged position. They often earn lower wages regardless of their experience and education and suffer job insecurity due to uncertainty on whether their contract will be extended or faceunjustified termination of employment. Better regulation, and a reformulation of the policy framework, is urgently needed to tackle this, in order to secure the best interests of workers, while also recognizing the evolving labour needs of Sri Lankan firms.