In April 2014 the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which began under commission from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare), entered its fourth year. On the occasion of the project’s start in the current fiscal year, JILAF dispatched a delegation to Kathmandu from April 4 (Friday) to 11 (Friday), mainly to hold discussions and coordinate with local people involved in the project.
In Nepal, the project is being implemented by the Central Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of representatives of the government (the Nepalese Ministry of Employment and Labour), labour (Nepal Trade Union Congress), and management (Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO); the central Management Committee (MC) consisting of trade unions; and Regional Working Committees (RWCs) consisting of representatives of the government, labour, and management in the districts of Bhaktapur and Parsa, where the project is being implemented. During JILAF’s visit, the committees confirmed specific activities for fiscal 2014 and committed themselves to strengthening cooperation among related parties so as to achieve the project’s further progress.
As well as the two districts where the project has been implemented so far, in the current fiscal year the SGRA project in Nepal will be expanded to include the district of Morang in the southeastern part of the country. In each district, the project will organize about 50 informal-sector workers into networks (“network members”), hold seminars to provide information about public schemes contributing to livelihood improvement, implement JILAF-led vocational training in such fields as sewing, knitting, hairdressing, and candle making so that network members acquire skills, and, for members who cannot undergo this training, actively encourage bridging to existing vocational training programs operated by employers’ organizations, local governments, and the ILO. Furthermore, efforts will be made to promote the sale of SGRA brand products (candles, knitwear, etc.) made by past recipients of vocational training with an eye on securing operating funds for the independent and stable management of the SGRA cooperative societies (sahakari) established in fiscal 2013.
|04/04||Fri||Meeting with the NTUC|
|04/05||Sat||Meeting of the CAC; discussion with the Japanese ambassador|
|04/06||Sun||Meeting with the NTUC|
|04/07||Mon||Expanded Management Committee meeting (MC + RWCs)|
|04/08||Tue||Meeting with local staff|