SGRA Project in Vietnam (January)

Group photo at the Life Support Seminar

JILAF visited the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi from January 20 (Sunday) to 23 (Wednesday) 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). The third meeting of the Dissemination Promotion Committee, second Training of Trainers seminar, and a Life Support Seminar for informal-sector workers in Hanoi were held during this period.

At the third meeting of the Dissemination Promotion Committee on January 21, the participants looked back on the fiscal 2018 pilot project and discussed their image of project policy from now on. The meeting heard reports about the main achievements, including (1) the new organization of 36 informal-sector workers (cyclo [three-wheeled bicycle taxi] drivers) through a Life Support Seminar in Hanoi providing useful information for livelihood and household finance improvement and (2) the holding of a Training of Trainers seminar, which gave participating members of the Dissemination Promotion Committee and Hanoi Dissemination Working Committee an understanding of the project and sense of ownership. Furthermore, as policy from now on, it was confirmed that in addition to Hanoi, project activities will be conducted in central Vietnam as well (in Hoi An and Da Nang, which have strong links with Japan).

At the second Training of Trainers seminar, which was held on the same day, Mr. Naohiro Tsukamoto, section chief in the survey and research department of Japan’s Zenrosai Kyokai (National Association of Workers’ Welfare and Cooperative Insurance), shared information about (1) the transformation and basic spirit of mutual aid for workers in Japan and (2) the mechanism of public assistance, mutual aid, and self-help, as well as such issues as mutual-aid insurance for natural disasters. He also gave encouragement for the establishment of cooperatives in Vietnam from now on.

On the following day, January 22, a Life Support Seminar was held mainly by members of the Hanoi Dissemination Working Committee (consisting of representatives of the government, labour, and management in Hanoi, as well as representatives of the city’s transport and tourism bureaus). The seminar was attended by 36 cyclo drivers who work at Hoan Kiem Lake, a major tourist attraction in Hanoi. Lectures were given on such topics as (1) basic traffic rules and understanding with foreign tourists, (2) social security, (3) mutual-aid insurance for workers in Japan, and (4) efforts to protect the labour environment and rights of workers. The participants were able to gain useful information for the improvement of their livelihoods.

Schedule

DateContents
01/20Sun3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting
2nd Training of Trainers seminar
01/21MonLife Support Seminar in Hanoi

Photos of the Participants

Participants in the 3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

Scene of the 3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

Lecture at the Training of Trainers seminar

A representative of Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs asks a question at the Training of Trainers seminar.

A representative of the transport bureau gives a lecture on traffic safety at the Life Support Seminar.

A cyclo driver asks a question at the Life Support Seminar.