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‘What’s Unique About the WCY 2014 and What Happens Next?’ – Interview with Milinda Rajapaksha

As the World Conference on Youth comes to a close, many who were not directly or indirectly part of it are not sure what the conference was all about, why it is unique, what’s so important about it, and what happens after its conclusion. So, on the sidelines of the final day of the WCY 2014, Talking Economics caught up with someone who is ideally placed to give you this introduction – Milinda Rajapaksha, the National Director of the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) of the Government of Sri Lanka. Milinda played a lead role in Sri Lanka’s hosting of the WCY 2014, as a member of the International Youth Task Force (IYTF). In this 11-minute audio interview, Milinda talks about what the WCY 2014 is and what it is trying to achieve.

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‘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.

‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2012′ e-book released

An e-book of the ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2012’ containing summary information and visuals of the 7 key chapters is now available for free download. This e-book also contains links to a video presentation of the main highlights of the report.

Video: Sri Lanka National Human Development Report 2012

The UNDP recently launched the National Human Development Report 2012 for Sri Lanka recently, and in this video the Lead Author of the report, IPS Research Fellow Dr. Nisha Arunatilake talks about the main issues discussed in it.   IPS …

Expanding Tertiary Education Critical to Sri Lanka’s ‘Knowledge Hub’ Aspirations

Each year 100,000 qualified students have to abandon their ambitions to enter university. Less than 4% of 20-24 year olds in Sri Lanka are enrolled in a university. As Sri Lanka’s aims to grow as a knowledge-based economy and become a ‘Knowledge Hub’ for the region, these numbers are concerning. Meanwhile, the debate on permitting private universities continues apace. A Bill to permit private universities was about to be presented by the government to Parliament, but was subsequently shelved, under pressure from certain student and teacher groups. In this article, Priyanka Jayawardena presents the key arguments put forward and opens them out for wider debate.