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Reflections on a masterclass on poverty alleviation in Sri Lanka

It isn’t often that you are transported to the lecture halls of one of the world’s premier universities, hearing an eminent academic expound on the current developmental issues in South Asia. For a…  


Individuality in a 30 under 30 World

Living in the 21st century; an age of technological enlightenment and landmark strides in all fields of life imaginable, young people find themselves in a constant state of stimulation and…  


Engaging Youth in the Modern Era of Development

The real question is how we can build upon the successes of the existing foundation. The obvious course of action is education. Whilst there are existing government programmes and initiatives, these…  


Sharing Stories vs. Learning Facts – Managing the Knowledge We Create

150 participants, 50 countries, 40 organizations across UNDP country offices worldwide, government partners, and private sector innovation facilities from across the globe. This was the makeup of the…  


Are we sure we are Leaving No One Behind?

The underlying theme for the 2030 Agenda is, that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals should be achieved without a disparity between different groups. Can we honestly say we are leaving no one…  


Global Ransomware Attack: Who is to be blamed?

The ransomware attack WannaCry recently that locked more than 200,000 computers in over 150 countries has given rise to inevitable questions about the security measures taken by organizations to…  


Back to Nature

This year’s World Environment Day has a simple yet confounding message. It urges us to reconnect with nature. In suggestions on how to celebrate the day this year, the UN implores us to get outdoors…  


Floods and Droughts – an endless Sri Lankan loop?

177 Dead. 109 listed missing. Over 557,500 people affected and 75,000 displaced (at the time of writing). In the worst floods to occur in Sri Lanka in 14 years, little preparation was done to minimize…  


How to stimulate entrepreneurship within the school education system in Sri Lanka?

It is crystal clear that developing the concept of entrepreneurship finds solutions not only to the directly related economic issues but also other issues of the society which are linked from…  


Redefining Ambition: How to Escape the Under-Achievement Trap

Who do you want to become when you grow up? We ask our children. I remember being asked this question in class many years ago. Oh wait, I was wrong. We don't ask "who do you want to become?" Instead…  


Should economic and social rights be included in the new Sri Lankan Constitution?

It is time that all rights which are important for a ‘decent standard of living’ are recognized along the lines of right to inclusive development in an era of reconciliation and the state facilitate…  


The National Budget 2017: A youth perspective

To say the least, 2016 was an eventful year. From the Brexit to the presidential elections in the US and the refugee crisis in Europe reminds us of the extremely volatile and challenging world left…  


Dear Generation Y, there’s only so much a screen can show.

So my kind appeal to you is that in addition to the Hashtags, Trending Articles and viral videos you step out of the house and embrace what the real world is like.  


Fixing the School Culture

Today, you and I are part of the 23.2%. 14 years ago, we were part of the 26.8%. Education is the key to solving many development issues, such as poverty, unemployment and even violence.  

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