There has been no ‘formal’ distribution of kerosene for fishers in over four months. Kerosene is essential to one-day fishing boats that operate within the coastal waters of the country, as well as for those in the lower-economic bracket for cooking.
The case of former foreign envoy Jaliya Wickramasuriya — sentenced in the United States in July for embezzlement — is a curious series of events.
As Sri Lanka’s economic crisis develops, so does the need for stronger, well-organised systems to provide essentials and dry rations to vulnerable families across Sri Lanka.
Here’s how Manudam Mehewara, an initiative by Dialog, has brought together the country’s private sector towards this cause.
Visit dialog.lk/donate to contribute and learn more.
Collapsing economy aside, Sri Lanka is caught between a rock and a hard place in the form of a geopolitical headache — all because of a Chinese vessel.
Jeremiah James uses dance as an unconventional yet exciting method to empower children.
Our final episode of ‘The Visionary’ tells the tale of this dance instructor and founder of the Mighty Step Academy, who applies dance to build character, confidence, and purpose in children across the island. Here’s how he plans to leave behind a better society than the one he came into.
For over six months, Sri Lankans have been protesting; a collapsing economy forced people to the streets, leading to clashes with police and the armed forces. The resultant political and social shakeup caused extreme turbulence, and although the Sri Lankan people ousted a President, their struggle for cleaner government is far from over.
On Monday, 29 July, the World Bank announced that it does not plan to offer new financing to Sri Lanka until the country has an adequate macroeconomic policy framework in place.
Last week – after many months of schools not being considered ‘essential services’ – the Government of Sri Lanka made the decision to restart schools across our crisis-hit nation, with the promise that school vans will receive priority in the fuel queues. Subsequently, the Ministry of Education also decided that schools located in areas where students and teachers do not have transportation issues will be open five days a week as usual.
Sri Lanka’s economy is still gasping for breath. Weakened by decades of fiscal and external deficits, pummelled by near-sighted and ill-advised tax cuts and money printing and brought right to edge by a shaking global crisis, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the country’s future.
Once an internally displaced person during Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil conflict, Anojitha Sivaskaran now works with organisations across the world, sharing her stories to contribute towards peace-building efforts worldwide.
With the long-term challenges of #PopulationAgeing likely to increase pressure on our workforce to both provide and save, could more #WorkingWomen be key to ensuring we adapt sustainably and in time?
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