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Weathering the Storm: Improving Disaster Resilience of Rural Workers in Sri Lanka

Climate change and related vagaries of weather have increased the vulnerability of the Sri Lankan population to natural disasters. Rural households and livelihoods are more affected by such calamities, which increases the risk of rural families sliding into poverty. As such, Nisha Arunatilake argues that improving the quality of jobs and livelihoods of the rural population is important to build these communities’ resilience to such natural disasters.

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Where have all the Workers Gone? ‘Sectoral Mismatch’ between Labour Demand and Supply in Sri Lanka

The first ever “Labour Demand Survey” in Sri Lanka recorded nearly half a million vacancies in the private sector. A large portion of these vacancies are found to be in routine and non-routine manual jobs. However, most of Sri Lanka’s job-seekers are educated youth, searching for white-collar jobs. This blog discusses “sectoral mismatch” between the demand and supply of labour in Sri Lanka, using LDS data, and looks at ways in which it can be resolved.

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Easy and Affordable Access to Finance: A Lifeline for Female-centric MSMEs in Sri Lanka

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.

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Latest Edition of Talking Economics Digest Now Online! – Bridging the Skill Gap

The 14th Edition of the Talking Economics Digest centers on the theme of ‘Bridging the Skill Gap.’ The mismatch between the demand and supply of skilled employees is the Achilles heel of Sri Lanka’s labour market.

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Combating Labour Shortages by Mobilizing Sri Lanka’s Youth to Be Economically Active

Finding workers is increasingly becoming challenging in the Sri Lankan labour market. This article argues for improving education efficiency and quality as a means of overcoming this challenge.