JILAF's mission is to contribute to the economic and social development of developing countries through its support for free, democratic, and independent trade unions. As a part of this mission, JILAF organizes Field Projects in which unions in developing countries take the initiative in planning and operation. These projects are implemented in accordance with the environment surrounding local workers and unions and necessity and involve worker education activities and social development activities. In worker education activities, local unions carry out activities to educate union leaders and union members, including POSITIVE seminars to improve workplace environment, organizing seminars, collective bargaining and labour agreement seminars, women's seminars, basic trade union education seminars, seminars to foster union leaders, and capacity-building seminars. Social development activities are implemented by unions in the local community with the aim of contributing to the community through them. The main program is a school project for the eradication of child labour. While emphasizing the independence, continuity, and responsibility of local unions in implementing these projects, JILAF dispatches instructors, supplies know-how, and provides financial support. Field Projects began in FY 1994, and seminars and workshops have been held in 19 countries and 1territory since then, mainly in Asia. As of March 2013, seminars have been held 2,894 times with a total of 89,040 participants.