The fifth triennial report of the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), “South Asia and the Future of Pro-People Development: the Centrality of Social Justice and Equality”, was launched at a programme held in Jaffna, Sri Lanka organised by National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) and Praja Abilasha (land rights network). The discussion programme on Land, Livelihood for Life and Poverty Eradication in South Asia was organised at Tilko City Hotel in Jaffna on 10 July 2017. Prof. V.P Sivanathan of Department of Economics, University of Jaffna, introduced the SAAPE Poverty report and explained how the land issue contributes to poverty, hunger and low income for the families. Similarly Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) hand book translated into Tamil language, jointly published by NAFSO and SAAPE, was also launched in the programme.
Prof. S. Soosai Anathan shared the contents of VGGT hand book emphasising on land struggles in the country and how people have engaged in campaigns in order to regain the land that was seized by the military or companies. He also narrated in what way the contents of the hand book could be important for their life and livelihoods.
The programme consisted of members from various communities, academia, university undergraduates, media journalists and politicians. Around 60 people attended the session