Anti-government protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 9, 2022

Sri Lankans are crying for food, fuel and a government they can trust: The world needs to listen


By Elizabeth Holbourne, Speechwriter and Editor, OECD Development Centre


When I introduce myself as half Sri Lankan, people’s eyes usually light up as they tell me about the wonderful holiday they had there with family and friends. In a country once seen as one of the most rapidly developing nations in South Asia, Sri Lanka’s economic crisis spiralling into a humanitarian crisis could very well be a bellwether of what is to come in many other parts of the world.

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