Policy Dialogue on the National Priorities for Private Sector Responsibility and Sustainability

sponsored by University of Sussex and Durham University (Dfid and ESRC funding)

Good Governance

Elimination of collaborative corruption, tax evasion, lack of active citizenship, concentration solely on the profit motive, human rights factor, lack of response, ethics, transparency, law and order.

Female participation

Women empowerment, women’s economic participation, single headed households where the female is the single parent, the lack of contextualised gender equality, human rights education with respect to women, women being paid less despite their educational qualifications (under employment).

Entrepreneurship, Youth Development and Youth Empowerment

The academic form of free education has created desire for exclusivity- white collar jobs. Technical, vocational, and skills based education is marginalized – no aspiration to skills based employment career. There is a huge gap between employment opportunities and employability. Issues with dignity of the labour. Insufficient systems for training of teachers, Disparity in the level of education in the rural areas as against that available in the city. Unemployment and underemployment prevails in Sri Lanka that leads to the inability of gearing up for the future.

We recognise that youth empowerment through economic inclusion is key to Sri Lanka’s future. Youth entrepreneurship is power to employability and youth empowerment.

CSRSL will focus on areas for; Creation of Incubators across the country to blossom Youth Entrepreneurship, Building a network of local impact investors, Creating fertile ground to nurture Social Entrepreneurs and Facilitating a ‘Sri Lankan Silicon Valley’ for match making between youth entrepreneurs and impact investors.

Children and Quality Education

Child development and quality education, education that will match the employability with required professionalism/ professions, special education needs, value based education, the role of the family, child protection, child malnutrition, ethics, values and social protection.

Reconciliation and Community Empowerment

Ethnic/ Religious conflict, discrimination with policies that do not focus on the individual due to politicisation, the human rights factor, reconciliation – inter/intra harmony, youth unrest and lack of cultural infrastructure that promotes better understanding in the society thereby resulting in an improved quality of life, corporates to move into least developed areas to bring in social harmony and social integration.

Health/Diseases and Sanitation

Promote prevention and Healthcare, the aging population factor and resilience, promotion of improved hygiene and sanitation practices, non communicable diseases

Environment, Climate Change, Water Management and Natural disasters

Good organisational practices, waste disposal, recycling, deforestation, conservation of soil & water, wild life conservation, energy, carbon foot print, pollution, public transport and consumption.