Sri-Lanka: Features

Read how ADB-supported projects and programs have bridged social and economic disparities and improved the quality of life in Sri Lanka.

Latest Features

  • December 2012

    Sri Lanka Natural Resources: Freshwater Fishing in Rural Areas Boosts Development

    A community-based program to revive fresh-water fishing in rural Sri Lanka has helped the poor achieve self-sufficiency, while providing them with useful skills and knowledge-based training.
  • November 2012

    Upholding Environmental Laws in Asia and the Pacific

    ADB is helping countries in Asia and the Pacific promote environmental justice through knowledge sharing and capacity building
  • October 2012

    Data and Statistics on the Service Sector in Asia

    Strengthening labor-intensive services can help developing Asia pursue inclusive, sustainable growth. Figures from Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2012 Update’s special chapter, Services and Asia’s Future Growth, underscore the service sector’s potential for reducing poverty across the region.
  • June 2012

    Private Tutoring and Shadow Education in Asia

    An ADB study, undertaken in partnership with the Comparative Education Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong, brings into the spotlight the phenomenon of private tutoring, also called "shadow education". A growing practice in Asia, shadow education risks dominating the lives of young people and their families, maintaining and exacerbating social inequalities, diverting needed household income into an unregulated industry, and creating inefficiencies in education systems.
  • October 2011

    Tourism in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

    Tourism is thriving in South Asia with overseas visitors flocking to its vast array of natural, cultural and historic attractions. In the first quarter of 2011, UN data showed international visitor arrivals up 14% from the same period the year before. A large number of those visitors travelled to multiple countries across the subregion, drawn to its many world-renowned and colorful Buddhist heritage sites. This growth in arrivals is expected to continue as tourism infrastructure and services steadily improve.
  • November 2010

    Home Sweet Home

    An ADB-supported project provides villagers in Sri Lanka's eastern coastal communities with opportunities to move beyond a past ravaged by conflict and natural calamity, and has shown that poverty reduction can be achieved even in situations of conflict and disaster. Batticaloa, Sri Lanka - When Packeer Mohamed Khadeeja contemplated returning for her eighth tour of duty as a domestic worker in Qatar, a chance discussion with a neighbor about cheap loans and skills training provided by a microcredit project changed her life.
  • December 2008

    MAMSL Attanayake: Innovating an Institution

    Why did you choose to work in this sector? As a child, I used to live in a small village called Amunugama, which was close to the Mahaweli Ganga, Sri Lanka's longest river. We'd have water springs in our backyard during the rainy seasons but dry spells meant walking long miles to the river so we can bathe and wash clothes. On the other side of the river was the Kandy municipality, where everyone enjoyed piped water throughout the year. I thought, if that's possible for Kandy, why not for the rest of us?
  • March 2008

    Switched On

    With ADB's help, Sri Lanka's secondary students are finding better schools and programs to provide skills for a changing job market.