The SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network) in Nepal, which has been implemented with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare) since fiscal 2011, has entered its sixth year. On the occasion of the project’s start in fiscal 2016, JILAF dispatched a delegation to Kathmandu from April 4 (Monday) to 10 (Sunday) 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 only trade unions; and Regional Working Committees (RWCs) consisting of representatives of the government, labour, and management in the districts of Bhaktapur, Parsa, and Morang where the project is being implemented.
In meetings of these committees held during JILAF’s visit, the participants looked back on the achievements and issues of the project in fiscal 2015, clarified once again the duties and role of each committee toward development of the project in fiscal 2016, and committed themselves to accumulating new achievements and results by, among other things, (1) holding Life Support Seminars to provide information about public schemes and so on that contribute to improving and uplifting livelihoods, (2) providing JILAF-led vocational training for the acquisition of skills, and (3) establishing and vitalizing cooperative societies, which are mutual-aid organizations. The project participants in each district will set about organizing a total of 150 informal-sector workers as network members and further strengthen collaboration with the government, labour, management, and the ILO.
During its stay the JILAF delegation also visited the district of Lalitpur, one of the 14 districts that suffered heavy damage in the major earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, and held a preparatory meeting for the Project to Reconstruct the Lives of Earthquake Victims, which JILAF is launching using its own funds. Utilizing SGRA schemes, activities mainly for earthquake victims in Lalitpur will include (1) the holding of seminars to provide information on livelihood reconstruction, (2) the provision of vocational training for livelihood improvement, and (3) the establishment of a cooperative society for mutual assistance among victims and communities.
|04/04||Mon||Discussions with the Kathmandu Liaison Office|
|04/05||Tue||Consultations with the NTUC|
|04/06||Wed||CAC meeting; Expanded Management Committee meeting (MC + RWCs)|
|04/07||Thu||Meeting of the Lalitpur District Preparatory Committee; discussions with local staff|