Special Features and Interviews

‘Sri Lanka Must Be Ready for a Post-Demographic Dividend Era’ – New Report by IPS and UNFPA

A new report prepared by the IPS and UNFPA titled, ‘Investing in the Demographic Dividend: Successes, Challenges and Way Forward for Sri Lanka’, launches at a special side event on the final day of the World Conference on Youth 2014 today. It suggests measures for Sri Lanka to get ready for a post-demographic dividend phase in the country, and makes recommendations on where critical investments need to be made. In this blog, IPS Research Economist Chatura Rodrigo (CR), lead author of the report gives Talking Economics (TE) a quick overview of the report and how its findings can be used in future policymaking.


‘Comprehensive Policy Changes Needed to Help Sri Lanka Realise its Youth Potential’ – Q&A with Nisha Arunatilake

In this second special post coinciding with the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka, we present an interview with Dr. Nisha Arunatilake, Research Fellow and Head of the Labour, Employment and Human Resources Development Unit of the IPS. Interviewed by the Talking Economics team (TE), Nisha (NA) discusses the challenges that must be tackled across a spectrum of issues – education quality, skills shortages, retaining talent, and improving the entrepreneurship climate. She says it’s time for comprehensive policy changes, as “selective changes alone will not be able to change the system adequately”, and points to initiatives by China and Singapore from which Sri Lanka can draw useful lessons.


WCY 2014: A Recap of IPS Knowledge Contributions to the Youth Agenda

The World Conference on Youth 2014 kicks off today with over 600 delegates from across the world gather in Sri Lanka to debate and discuss the critical challenges facing young people today, and the need to mainstream these issues in to the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda. The IPS is proud to be associated with the event, as a key knowledge partner, with several of our researchers serving as resource persons at the event. As the WCY 2014 begins, we present you a multimedia overview of IPS engagement with the issues coming into focus at the summit, in this special blog post.


Latest Talking Economics Digest is Now Online! – ‘Managing the Middle Income Transition’

Sri Lanka has made a decisive transition into a lower middle-income economy. However, the challenge lies in sustaining this growth transition and positioning itself to step into an upper middle-income economy. In this light, the latest edition of the ‘Talking …


TE Digest Editorial – ‘Managing the Middle-Income Transition’

This edition of the Digest discusses critical topics that have raised public interest in the past year and relate to the “mechanics” of a new growth trajectory, such as the New Educational Policies and Proposals that were presented in September 2013, the 2014 Budget proposals presented in November 2013, and the WTO Bali Ministerial proposals and outcome in December 2013. IPS hosted a unique regional consultation prior to the WTO meeting, and developed a common position for South Asia which was then presented to the Minister of Industry and Commerce.