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.



Read all the UNLOCKED blogs:

  • Unlocking the potential of Youth with Disabilities by strengthening labour market participation

    Persons with Disabilities are an integral component of the population. The 2011 census carried out by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) records indicate that 8.7% of the total population are Persons with Disabilities. However, there were serious concerns regarding the definition and criteria for identifying a Person with Disability during the census.

  • Safe Spaces for Youth

    We say that our youth carry with them the hope of the world, but who carries them? Young people are increasingly vulnerable in a world filled with conflict, violence, drug and human trafficking, the spread of disease, natural disasters, lack of education and the list just goes on. Somehow every trial of the world seems to affect young people the most

  • 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 postgraduate student based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, this was fulfilled through the ‘Colombo Development Dialogues (CDD) Masterclass’ organised by the South Asia Centre, the London School of Economics and Political Science (SAC, LSE) and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Sri Lanka.

  • 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 inspiration. Added to that, exists the constant social pressures of finding oneself a clear cut life path and set career goals in an age where 30 under 30 is the latest trend.

  • It is clear that we have an unfair hierarchy in our system of education, where the Arts and the Humanities are often placed right at the very bottom, both in terms of prestige and employability. Every child should study what he or she really wants to study & every child should have a shot at living his/her dream and an opportunity to live a comfortable life doing what they love.

  • Young people suffer the most as they experience feelings of guilt and helplessness, of not being able to change the situation. Growing up in a violent environment may also lead to isolation. The stigma attached to issues revolving around domestic violence is far too high that many refuse to talk about it. As a coping mechanism, some may even attempt suicide or turn to substance abuse.

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