SGRA Project in Cambodia (August)

Group photo at the Life Support Seminar

JILAF visited Phnom Penh from August 4 (Sunday) to 8 (Thursday) for the fiscal 2019 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 this period, the second meeting of the Dissemination Advisory Committee (DAC, consisting of representatives from Cambodia’s central government, labour, and management and the International Labour Organization [ILO]) and the first Training of Trainers seminar for members of the Phnom Penh Dissemination Working Committee (consisting of representatives from local government, labour, and management) were held. In addition, a Life Support Seminar for informal-sector workers was held for the first time in Cambodia.

At the 2nd DAC meeting on August 5, JILAF reconfirmed the targets of activities and discussed such matters as specific activity proposals for Phnom Penh with the representatives of Cambodia’s central government, labour, and management and the ILO.

The 1st Training of Trainers seminar, which took place on the following day, August 6, was attended by a total of 14 people, including members of the Phnom Penh Dissemination Working Committee. In this seminar, JILAF gave an outline of the SGRA project and shared information on achievements and issues in the four countries where the SGRA project is already being implemented (Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and Laos). In light of this background, JILAF then discussed future activity plans (Life Support Seminars, vocational skill development training, establishment of a cooperative) with members of the working committee.

On August 7 a Life Support Seminar was held for the first time in Cambodia. A total of 45 informal-sector workers attended, including tuk-tuk drivers (three-wheeled motorbike taxis), street vendors, and construction workers. The seminar included lectures on the rights of informal-sector workers, social security schemes for informal-sector workers, and know-how for the improvement of household finances, as well as a questionnaire to grasp the needs of informal-sector workers.

In light of the results of this questionnaire, JILAF is scheduled to implement vocational skill development training in collaboration with the Cambodian government and employers’ organization.

Schedule

DateContents
08/05Mon2nd Dissemination Advisory Committee meeting
08/06Tue1st Training of Trainers seminar
08/07WedLife Support Seminar

Photos of the Participants

Group photo at the 2nd DAC meeting

Scene of the 2nd DAC meeting

Group photo at the 1st Training of Trainers seminar

Working committee members watch a video introducing the SGRA project.

Opening ceremony of the Life Support Seminar

Lecture by Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training at the Life Support Seminar

Practice in keeping a record of household finances at the Life Support Seminar

Lecture on the social security system at the Life Support Seminar

A participant asks a question at the Life Support Seminar