Policy Lab on the Future of Work in Sri Lanka: 7 September 2018, Colombo
In partnership with the ILO, we hosted a policy lab in Colombo to deliberate future technology and work trajectories in Sri Lanka
We convened a multi- stakeholder Technology Foresight Group (TFG), with representatives from government, industry, unions, academia and civil society, to collectively evaluate the political, social, and value-based contestations underlying the framing of problems and solutions around technology and the future of work in Sri Lanka.
The workshop aimed to develop propositions about the likely impact of emerging technologies on Lankan labor markets over the next 5-10 years, specifically concerned with three areas of inquiry - automation & displacement; employment conditions & labor market inequities. In so far as the adoption of 4IR tech will be shaped by Sri Lanka’s particular socioeconomic and political context, it follows that technology trajectories are not a neutral force.