Giving Tourism a Green Shade: Studying Environmental Practices in Sri Lanka’s Hotels

Marking World Tourism Day 2012, Kanchana Wickramasinghe discusses a pioneering new study that attempts to measure the impact on the environment of Sri Lanka’s booming tourist hotel sector.

OOP(s)! – Struggling for Equity in Sri Lanka’s Health Sector amidst Rising Out of Pocket Expenditure

Despite impressive achievements in healthcare in Sri Lanka over the last decades, the emerging trend of rising out of pocket expenditure by individuals needs attention. OOP expenditure on health hits particularly hard on the poor, whose ailments will either remain untreated or end up forcing them and their families into deeper poverty. To mitigate the economic and health impact on household, the most pressing need is to maintain an uninterrupted flow of life-saving essential drugs in government health facilities.

Lankan University Graduates: Late Birds, No Worms?

The university system is in chaos again. Following the disruption of a month of academic activity due to an island-wide strike by university non-academic staff in June this year, the academic staff also took trade union action in early-July. The two strike actions have cumulatively taken two months off the undergraduate calendar and a suitable resolution has not been made to date. While this article excludes itself from commenting on the politics of such action, it rather serves to highlight how it impacts youth in Sri Lanka and the economy as a whole.

Economic Freedom and the Asian Century

So many facets of the “Asian century” are discussed heatedly. But one is glossed over — economic freedom. Market liberalisation is a crucial enabler of Asia’s current awakening. Its “negative” acts – removing restrictions that repress economic activity – have …

Multidimensional Poverty Index: A New Way of Assessing Poverty in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has made strong strides towards reducing poverty and is well placed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), although many challenges still remain especially in the estate sector and certain conflict-affected districts. Meanwhile, a new tool of measurement, the Multidimensional Poverty Index, may hold the key to better understanding what factors are driving poverty in Sri Lanka the most. A ‘Talking Economics Special Report’ titled “Eradicating Poverty in Sri Lanka: Strong Progress But Much Remains To Be Done” authored by Wimal Nanayakkara, Senior Visiting Fellow at IPS gives a valuable insight into the latest analysis on Sri Lanka’s performance on poverty reduction.