Education, Jobs, and Youth

What Women Do and What Women Can Do: Entrepreneurship and Gender Equality in Sri Lanka

SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2014   The United Nations celebrates 2014 International Women’s Day under the theme of “Equality for women is progress for all’. Ensuring gender equality matters in many ways to the development process of …

Dale Mortensen and the Real Crisis of Unemployment

The economics profession lost a prominent labour economist this past weekend – Prof. Dale Mortensen, a 2010 Nobel Laureate. When I heard of his passing-away, it took me back to June last year in the little lake-side town of Iseo, …

A Comment on ‘New Educational Policies and Proposals’ for General Education in Sri Lanka

Despite impressive performance in access to education, issues of quality of education, access to higher levels of education and relevance of education has challenged the education sector in the recent past. In this regard, the initiative proposed in the New …

Shaping Up The Future: Can Sri Lanka Set an Example in Achieving MDGs for Youth?

The Sri Lankan post-2015 agenda puts special emphasis on further reducing unemployment, eradicating poverty, increasing employability, promoting the entrepreneurship, and eradicating issues such as substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. All these issues have relevance for the youth of the country. Marking International Youth Day today (12th August), IPS Research Economist Chatura Rodrigo writes that Sri Lanka provides a good example of placing youth in the global post 2015 development agenda. But constant monitoring and evaluation are essential to make sure that youth are contribute more towards growth and development of the country.

‘The Jobs Challenge’ – Videos from our Expert Voices Panel Discussion

For those of you who missed the ‘Talking Economics’ Expert Voices panel on “The Jobs Challenge” held in August, here it is in a three part video series. The event featured 5 interesting panelists sharing their expert views and around 50 audience members who actively engaged in the discussion and asked incisive questions.