SGRA Project in Sri Lanka (May)

Group photo at the 1st Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

JILAF visited Colombo from May 11 (Saturday) to 15 (Wednesday) on the occasion of the fiscal 2019 start in Sri Lanka of 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). Discussions focused on annual plans and specific activities based on the fiscal 2019 project policy. Amid the tight security situation in Sri Lanka following coordinated terrorist bombings, the visit was made with maximum crisis and security management.

JILAF began SGRA dissemination (outreach) projects in Vietnam and Sri Lanka in fiscal 2017 and pilot projects in fiscal 2018. These pilot projects are entering their second year in fiscal 2019.
During the visit, the 1st Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting of fiscal 2019 was held to consider and discuss annual plans and specific activities. The Dissemination Promotion Committee consists of representatives of Sri Lanka’s central government, labour, and management (the Ministry of Labour, Ceylon Workers Congress [CWC], and Employers’ Federation of Ceylon [EFC]), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and JILAF.

This year pilot projects are scheduled to be implemented in Sri Lanka on the outskirts of Colombo and in mountainous Nuwara Eliya. Targeted informal-sector occupations in these districts are scheduled to include home workers in the former and livestock farmers in the latter. Activities for these informal-sector workers will include (1) the holding of Life Support Seminars to provide useful livelihood improvement information, (2) vocational skill development training, and (3) consideration of mutual-aid organizations.


05/11Sat1st Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting