SGRA Project in Sri Lanka (August)

Group photo at the 1st Training of Trainers seminar

JILAF visited the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from August 4 (Sunday) to 9 (Thursday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which JILAF is implementing with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare).

During JILAF’s visit, the second meeting of the Dissemination Promotion Committee (comprising representatives from Sri Lanka’s central government, labour, and management and the International Labour Organization [ILO]) was held, as well as the first Training of Trainers seminar, which was attended by members of the tripartite Dissemination Working Committee in Nuwara Eliya, one of the districts where the project is being implemented. (This committee consists of representatives of government, labour, and management in Nuwara Eliya.)

In the second meeting of the DPC, which took place on August 6, representatives of government, labour, management, and the ILO discussed specific activity proposals for the two districts where the project is being implemented (Colombo and Nuwara Eliya) and the production of a toolkit with useful information relating to livelihood improvement.

The 1st Training of Trainers seminar, which was held on the following day, August 7, was attended by 10 members of the Nuwara Eliya Dissemination Working Committee. In the seminar, the participants heard an outline of the SGRA project and deepened their understanding of the present situation and issues of informal-sector workers in Sri Lanka. In addition, Deputy General Secretary Manop Kuera of the State Enterprise Workers’ Relations Confederation (SERC) in Thailand, who is a member of the Thai SGRA Central Promotion Committee and a key figure in the SGRA project in Thailand, also attended the seminar as a speaker, sharing information about SGRA activities and know-how in his country. The seminar ended with the working committee members compiling specific activity plans for the Nuwara area, such as the organization of livestock farmers in that area.


08/04Sat2nd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting
08/05Sun1st Training of Trainers seminar

Photos of the Participants

Group photo at the 2nd DPC meeting

Scene of the 2nd DPC meeting

Opening ceremony of the 1st TOT seminar

Sharing Thailand’s SGRA experience

Working committee members from Nuwara Eliya ask questions at the TOT seminar.

Participants discuss activity plans at the TOT seminar.