JILAF dispatched a delegation to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu from September 24 (Thursday) to 30 (Wednesday) and held meetings relating to the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which is being implemented with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare).
During this period, the second meeting of the Expanded Management Committee was held, bringing together members of the central Management Committee (MC) set up by the Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC), which is JILAF’s local counterpart in the project, and Regional Working Committees (RWCs) in the three districts where the project is being implemented (Bhaktapur, Parsa, and Morang), as well as the second meeting of the Central Advisory Committee (CAC), which is made up of representatives from the government, labour, and management, as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO). In addition, a joint meeting of the RWCs bringing together the main members of the three Regional Working Committees was held for the first time.
In the 2nd Expanded Management Committee meeting it was reported that a pamphlet (tool kit) containing useful information for livelihood improvement, produced with the cooperation of the ILO, had been completed. Regarding achievements of the project in each district, there were reports of (1) an increase in the number of cooperative society (sahakari) members (Bhaktapur) (2) the partial return to the sahakari of income from the sale of products made by people who had completed vocational training (Bhaktapur); (3) the startup of a hairdressing shop with a small loan from the sahakari to members (Parsa); and (4) the completion of preparations for the bridging of members to vocational training programs organized by the employers’ association and local government (Morang). Although the large-scale earthquake in Nepal on April 25 has had an impact, the meeting confirmed that the project is making steady headway.
In the first joint meeting of the RWCs, the participants again confirmed the achievements of the project in each district and discussed the project’s direction from now on.
In the second meeting of the Central Advisory Committee, the participants discussed such matters as (1) the strengthening of coordination with the ILO’s South Asian project and (2) the bridging of network members to construction training in regional vocational training facilities operated by the government. They also confirmed and decided on project development from now on.
The situation in Nepal has deteriorated over the promulgation of a new constitution on September 20 of this year, and strikes have occurred in the Terai flatlands on the border with India. The break in the transportation of goods from India to Nepal is having a significant impact on national life. In these circumstances, the progress of the project is being delayed in the Parsa and Morang districts, which are situated in the Terai flatlands. As soon as the situation improves, however, the project will be energetically promoted.
|09/26||Sat||2nd Expanded Management Committee meeting; joint meeting of Regional Working Committees|
|09/27||Sun||Discussions with the NTUC|
|09/28||Mon||2nd Central Advisory Committee meeting; local staff meeting|