SGRA Project in Nepal (September)

CAC meeting attended by representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare and the General Bureau of the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

JILAF dispatched a delegation to Nepal from September 7 (Sunday) to 16 (Tuesday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), a subsidized project from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). The JILAF delegation visited Kathmandu and the three districts where the project is being implemented (Bhaktapur, Parsa, and Morang), attending various meetings, a Life Support Seminar, and Training of Trainers seminars.
A meeting of the Nepali Central Advisory Committee (CAC), consisting of representatives of the government, labour, and management, as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO), held during the visit was also attended by related persons from the International Affairs Division in the Minister’s Secretariat of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare and the General Bureau of the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. These representatives expressed their expectations of the SGRA project and engaged in consultations on such topics as collaboration with the ILO in carrying out the project in Nepal from now on.
In the district of Morang, where the project has been started in the current fiscal year, the first Life Support Seminar was held with the participation of 60 informal-sector workers and their family members from that region. In the seminar, a member of the Training of Trainers’ instructors’ team, set up in the current fiscal year, promoted awareness of the basic human rights of Nepali people, provided information on assistance that Nepali people can receive free of charge, such as social security and public services, and encouraged the participants to convey this information to their communities.
In the districts of Bhaktapur and Parsa, Regional Working Committee (RWC) meetings were held, as well as Training of Trainers seminars to foster core human resources for promotion of the project. A speaker from Sath Sath, a Nepali nongovernmental organization, provided business training for the sale of SGRA brand products (sewing, knitwear, candles, etc.) to be made in the future by network members who have completed vocational training. Implementation of this business training for core human resources is scheduled to be continued.
During the JILAF delegation’s stay an opening ceremony was held for the office of the SGRA cooperative society (sahakari) in Parsa registered with the government in fiscal 2013. This office will serve as the center of sahakari management in Parsa from now on. JILAF intends to promote the SGRA project by cementing further collaboration with the government, labour, and management in Nepal, as well as the ILO, toward commercialization of the SGRA brand, the sale of products, and stable management of the sahakari.

Schedule

DateContents
09/09Tue3rd Central Management Committee meeting
2nd Central Advisory Committee meeting
09/10Wed2nd Bhaktapur Regional Working Committee meeting
Monitoring of vocational training
Training of Trainers seminar
09/11Thu2nd Morang Regional Working Committee meeting
09/12FriMorang Life Support Seminar
09/13Sat2nd Parsa Regional Working Committee meeting

Photos of Participants

A representative from a regional employers’ organization addresses the Life Support Seminar in Morang

The Life Support Seminar in Morang

Mr. Biso Bajracharya of Sath Sath provides business training

Participants listen attentively to the Sath Sath lecture

Members of the Bhaktapur Training of Trainers seminar

Logo of the Parsa sahakari