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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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Is Sri Lanka’s Grade Five Scholarship Exam Akin to a Fool’s Errand?

The grade five scholarship examination is usually the first significant academic hurdle that most youngsters in Sri Lanka face. While children are prepared from a young age to face the exam successfully, how many manage to score above the cut-off mark each year? Does the exam serve its intended objectives of providing better schools and financial aid to bright students? Is it worth the time, money, and effort spent by young children and their parents? This blog by Ashani Abayasekara seeks to answer these questions, using data from the 2016 School Census conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

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Sustainable Development Goals for Social Development: What’s Sri Lanka’s Score?

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October 2017, under the theme “Answering the call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies.” The Sustainable Development Goals Framework is a transformative agenda which affirms that poverty is the greatest global challenge which must be overcome in order to realize sustainable development. Hence, this article reviews the relevance of the SDG Agenda to Sri Lanka’s national policy outlook, specifically in terms of reducing inequalities and attaining social development.

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Building Resilience for Climate-induced Disasters in Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka marks International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October 2017, the country is still reeling from the natural disasters that took place in the recent past. In this blog, Kanchana Wickramasinghe argues, while Sri Lanka has taken essential steps towards disaster risk reduction (DRR), there are still gaps that need to be addressed. She notes that, first and foremost, resilient development should synergize DRR and climate adaptation at the national level.

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The Gendered Face of NCDs: Can Sri Lanka Beat the Odds?

There is a clear gender-bias when it comes to the susceptibility to Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), with women receiving the short end of the stick. The prevalence of obesity, diabetics and cardiovascular diseases – leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and disability – is high among women in Sri Lanka. This article examines the risk factors that make women more vulnerable to NCDs and discusses how Sri Lanka’s health policy can combat this issue to protect women.