Employment Creation Under Fragile Conditions

Fragility in any form can impede employment and livelihood development. Employment creation in fragile situations is made difficult by many factors including lack of security to people and property, restricted mobility, poor governance that makes returns to investments uncertain and risky. This paper examines the challenges and opportunities for employment creation in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the secessionist conflict that concluded in May 2009. The paper finds that despite many constraints, the government and development partners have managed to substantially improve livelihoods and create employment in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

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Nisha Arunatilake
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