SGRA Project in Nepal (September)

JILAF visited Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and the districts of Bhaktapur and Parsa from September 2 to 11, 2013, for the SGRA (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network) project, which is being implemented in these two districts.

The main objectives of the Nepal SGRA project in fiscal 2013 are to conduct follow-ups through Advanced Life Support Seminars (Adv. LSS) and implement vocational training, such as sewing, knitting, candle making, and hairdressing, for the around 320 existing network members, centered on informal-sector workers, as well as to establish cooperative societies, called sahakari in Nepal, and to build bridges to vocational training schemes operated by the government, employers’ organizations, and others.

This time, following on from visits in June and July, JILAF organized Advanced Life Support Seminars to provide network members with information about public schemes and other programs contributing to livelihood improvement and Training of Trainers (TOT) seminars for people who will play a central role in promoting the project in the future. In addition to the usual lectures, at the two seminars in Bhaktapur Mr. Masao Kanemaru, head of the survey and research department at Zenrosai (National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives), gave talks on mutual aid and self-help and the history of workers’ mutual aid in Japan. Mr. Kanemaru also stressed the importance in establishing, operating, and expanding sahakari of such factors as (1) establishing and operating them on the basis of a spirit of mutual assistance among likeminded persons; (2) preparing a menu based on surveys of needs, such as mutual-aid programs for occasions of celebration and condolence; and (3) building relations of trust with members. Participants made such comments as “It was extremely encouraging to hear about Japan’s experience and receive advice” and “Stimulated by the seminar, now I want to build even better schemes.”

In the TOT seminars, three groups on sahakari, SGRA shops, and sales management, consisting of 20 trainers in each district, delivered reports on the state of progress toward achieving this fiscal year’s targets, engaged in discussions, and also considered specific matters toward the holding of a founding convention prior to the establishment and registration of sahakari mainly in December.

Schedule

DateContents
09/03TueExpanded Central Management Committee meeting
09/04WedAdv. LSS and TOT seminars in Bhaktapur
09/05ThuMeeting with the Nepal Trade Union Congress Independent (NTUC-I)
09/06FriVocational training monitoring in Parsa
Parsa Regional Working Committee meeting
09/07SatAdv. LSS and TOT seminars in Parsa
09/08SunMeeting with the NTUC-I
09/09MonVocational training monitoring in Bhaktapur

Photos of Participants

Vocational training in hairdressing (Parsa)

TOT seminar in Parsa (sahakari group report)

Vocational training in knitting (Bhaktapur )