This blog gives a comprehensive analysis of the macroeconomic proposals of Sri Lanka’s Budget 2018.
According to a study by IPS on ‘Women-owned and Led Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (WMSMEs) in Spice and Coir Sectors of Sri Lanka’, it was found that more than half of the women surveyed, ranked ‘financial concerns’ as the biggest barrier to operating and expanding their businesses. Using the experiences of one such female entrepreneur, this blog illustrates key strategies to encourage and accelerate the gainful participation of WMSMEs in Sri Lanka’s economy through easy and affordable access to finance.
The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating: Distribution and Revenue Implications of Sri Lanka’s New Inland Revenue Act
Much needed tax reforms were introduced, with the Sri Lankan parliament passing the new Inland Revenue Act, effective from 1 April 2018. How will this new tax regime affect the tax revenue and what will be the tax burden to on the people? Is it actually more pro-poor or is it another way for the rich to get richer? This blog analyses the implications of the new Act on the taxpayers as well as on the tax revenue collected by the government.
Sri Lanka has a long way to go when it comes to achieving food security for the nation. The Global Health Index (GHI) indicates a severe level of hunger in Sri Lanka. This blog examines the reasons for the lack of food security in Sri Lanka and gives policy recommendations to improve the situation.
Ordinary Level (O-Level) Examinations are a hurdle that almost all youngsters in Sri Lanka face. While some pass with flying colors, some are not as fortunate and poor performance at this milestone examination puts a stop to their school careers. This article examines whether, and to what extent, school-level resources have an impact on O-Level performance, focusing on several socio-economic, school, teacher, and principal characteristics.