The 'UNLOCKED' Project

UNLOCKED is a space for Sri Lankan youth to express their views and opinions on development with the aim of creating positive change in the world. The views expressed in the blogs are solely those of the authors. UNDP Sri Lanka does not represent or endorse the views expressed in these blogs.



The UNLOCKED Project is an initiative by UNDP Sri Lanka, following the launch of the National Human Development Report 2014 on Youth and Development.



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  • Insights from a Masterclass

    Today, climate change dominates the international agenda. But focusing on climate change means we miss an important piece of the puzzle - climate variability. The second Colombo Development Dialogues Masterclass, organised by the United Nations Development Programme and the South Asia Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, focused on this gap, as eminent water expert and WASH advisor to ZOA Sudan, Dr. Gaasbeek spoke on “Water Security and Climate Variability.” Climate variability describes cycles, with climate change zoomed out of the picture, thus looking at overall trends. To plan effectively, we need to understand not only the trends but the cycles that overlie these trends.

  • Inevitable impact of Climate Change

    Among the countless things we take for granted every single day, the value of our essential life source, human medium and matter was realized by all those attending the second sitting of the Colombo Development Dialogues on 31 August 2018.

  • Colombo Development Dialogues

    ‘முன்னேற்றம்’ நம் அனைவரையும் உடனே கவர்ந்திழுக்கும் ஒரு சொல். தனிநபர், சமூகம், நாடு என்று நாம் அதைப்பற்றி பேசாத, சிந்திக்காத தருணங்கள் மிக குறைவு. அந்த முன்னேற்றம் சகல துறைகளிலும் அவசியம். அந்தவகையில், ‘நீர் பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் காலநிலை மாறுபாட்டுதன்மை’ என்கிற தலைப்பிலான கலந்துரையாடல் கடந்த 31 ஆகஸ்ட் 2018 அன்று கொழும்பில் இடம்பெற்றது. UNDP மற்றும் LSE-SAC இணைந்து இதனை ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்தனர்.

  • Talking Over Tea: The True Dilemma of Climate Reality

    “When it comes to the environment, academics talk and nobody listens.” Latent frustration filled Dr. Timotheues Gaasbeek’s voice. He surveyed the room of graduate students before him, then raised a cautionary finger.

  • Is Populism a threat to Democracy?

    It can be argued that progressive populism is feasible for democracy. The answer of a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question in the title may not be feasible given the varying contextual perspectives of populism and their respective consequences on democracy. Hence, a populism which amasses people for the true realisation of democratic principles such as good governance, equity and rule of law can be considered good for democracy rather than a threat to democracy. Hence, in essence this article will discuss populism in relation to democracy both in light of a threat and also an integral part of democracy.

  • A Consensus on Collaboration: Reflections of the first Colombo Development Dialogues

    How Sri Lanka must structure its development processes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals has been the subject of numerous dialogues, discussions and fora since Sri Lanka committed to the seventeen ambitious goals and its targets in New York in September 2015. Multiple committees, panels and bodies were formed to facilitate collaborative planning, implementation and monitoring of efforts towards the SDGs to this end, but the effectiveness of such institutions in precipitating meaningful change and facilitating truly inclusive development has often been called into question.

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