SGRA Project in Sri Lanka (July)

Group photo at the Training of Trainers Seminar

JILAF visited the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from July 17 (Wednesday) to 20 (Saturday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which JILAF is implementing with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). During the visit, the Dissemination Promotion Committee, consisting of representatives of Sri Lanka’s central government, labour, and management and the International Labour Organization (ILO), convened its second meeting of fiscal 2019, and the 1st Training of Trainers Seminar was held for members of the Dissemination Working Committees in the districts where the pilot project is being implemented, namely, Avissawella on the outskirts of Colombo and the mountainous region of Nuwara Eliya.

At the 2nd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting on July 18, JILAF discussed specific activity proposals in the two districts where the pilot project is being implemented (Avissawella and Nuwara Eliya) and the compilation of a toolkit with useful information for livelihood improvement with representatives of Sri Lanka’s government, labour, and management and the ILO.

The 1st Training of Trainers Seminar on the following day, July 19, was attended by a total of 16 members of the Avissawella and Nuwara Eliya Dissemination Working Committees. In the seminar, the participants deepened their understanding of the SGRA project in general and the current state and issues of informal-sector workers in Sri Lanka. There was also a lecture titled “Livelihood Improvement Through the Mutual-Aid System,” in which livelihood risks and mutual aid, mutual-aid organizations, and the merits of mutual-aid organizations were explained. The participants asked questions about the achievements and issues in the four countries where the SGRA project is already being implemented (Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Laos), the need for registration with the authorities, and other matters. Finally, with reference to these discussions, the participants divided into two groups, one for each district, to compile action plans relating to specific targets and activities.

Schedule

DateContents
07/17Wed2nd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting
07/18Thu1st Training of Trainers Seminar

Photos of the Participants

Group photo at the 2nd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

Scene of the 2nd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

Opening ceremony of the 1st Training of Trainers Seminar

Opening ceremony of the 1st Training of Trainers Seminar

A Dissemination Working Committee member asks a question

Participants discuss their action plan