Recent droughts in Sri Lanka had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans. How can irrigation and agriculture improve to tackle future droughts, or are climate change effects catching up too quickly?
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.
In the wake of the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek on 9th February 2013, accused of smothering an infant in her care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the human rights of migrant workers have come to the forefront of the policy discussion on migration. This article discusses what the next step needs to be in developing a comprehensive governing framework for migrant labour, and argues that collective action is the strongest tool in the arsenal of sending countries in protecting migrant workers.
Marking International Women’s Day 2013 today (8th March), Sunimalee Madurawala writes on the economic costs of Violence Against Women and the urgent need for action in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka made a promise to its women when it became a signatory to the international conventions protecting the rights of women. However this has been left on the backburner for too long and the plight of the country’s women is beginning to exert a very real economic impact on the country as a whole. Policy makers and implementers might find that it is always better to keep a promise, rather than bear the costs of a fall out.
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.