As Divi Neguma, the government’s latest grassroots economic development initiative, marks one year since its introduction, we took a look at the key features of the programme, its potential to help livelihood development and raise incomes, and the key improvements that need to be made
IPS recently hosted a discussion on the Sri Lankan perspectives of a World Bank report titled ‘More and Better Jobs in South Asia’ and brought to light many issues related to the Sri Lankan job market. Among the diverse range of views that surfaced, the debate on “what really is a better job?” was an interesting one that emerged. As several panelists argued, for Sri Lankans, “better jobs” may not always be determined by just the wages people earn. For the Sri Lankan worker other things clearly matter too.
Following a recent panel discussion on “More and Better Jobs” hosted by the IPS and the World Bank, we decided to seek the views of a wider community on this subject, by creating an innovative online platform on Google Moderator where people from across the country and beyond could join the discussion by posting their ideas and comments, as well as voting on others. We asked the online community – “How can we create more and better jobs in Sri Lanka?”, and received over three dozen valuable ideas. In this article we present some of them, covering several key issues.