Yolanthika Ellepola

Spiraling Growth of Accommodation in the Informal Sector: Bane or Boon of Sri Lanka’s Tourism?

Tourism is the third largest revenue earner for Sri Lanka, accounting for US$ 3.5 billion in 2016. With the rise of informal accommodation, there have been both challenges and opportunities in the industry. This blog argues that registering and regulating the informal sector is necessary to create a level playing field in the industry, to maintain standards, and to encourage small service providers.

World TB Day 2017: Unite to End Tuberculosis

March 24 is the World Tuberculosis Day. This article, by Yolanthika Ellepola, aims to outline the burden of TB in Sri Lanka, examine the many challenges faced in curtailing the disease and address policy propositions to overcome the challenges and mitigate the policy gaps to curtail the spread of this deadly disease.

Why Sri Lanka Need Comprehensive and Integrated Responses to Mental Health Issues

This article to mark the World Mental Health Day 2016, stresses the need for Sri Lanka to have comprehensive and integrated responses to mental health issues.

World Elders Abuse Awareness Day: Sri Lanka’s Greying Economy — An Impending Problem

Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016, this article highlights the status of Elders Abuse in Sri Lanka, the underlying causes and the steps that can be taken to address the issue.

Sri Lanka’s Invisible Children: The Need for Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs

This article takes a look at the status of child disabilities in Sri Lanka, and explores barriers to realizing inclusive education and proposes policy recommendations to integrate them into mainstream economy.