Bangladesh is one of the most populated countries in the world. This poses perpetual challenges in ensuring food security, education, decent jobs, and healthcare systems. However, the large population created an abundant supply of labour and a highly competitive labour market. For this reason, Bangladesh offers very low production costs and has become one of the most cost-efficient production hubs.  
About Bangladesh

Country Facts

  • Area in km2: 148,460
  • Population: 166.59 million
  • Capital: Dhaka

Swisscontact in Bangladesh

  • Since 1970
  • 9 running projects


Green cities, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Supporting Local Democratic Governance and Climate Resilient Public Service Provision in Bangladesh (GO4IMPact)
The GO4IMPact programme will help to make public service delivery in Bangladesh's Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Solid Waste Management (SWM) sectors more democratic and climate-resilient by applying the Thinking & Working Politically (TWP) approach, which builds the capacity of relevant actors, improves discourse and promotes participatory and democratic decision-making processes.
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and Reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
SMILE – Sustainable and Meaningful Intervention for Livelihood Enrichment
The SMILE project seeks to uplift deserving students in Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Dhaka by providing scholarships, educational campaigns, and teacher training, while also enhancing capacity development and employment opportunities for local youth, promoting cooperative governance and micro- savings, addressing health issues, and championing environmental conservation, all while exploring innovative solutions to meet community needs.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
H2O: Innovative business model for safe and affordable drinking water
Even though water has been officially recognised as a human right by the Bangladeshi government, 60% of Bangladesh’s 160 million inhabitants have no access to clean drinking water. Many people live on polluted land or with polluted groundwater. Rural and rapidly growing (sub)urban areas are not usually connected to the public drinking water supply. People collect water of questionable quality from unofficial and informal providers at high prices.
Upskilling and Reskilling
Sarathi – Progress Through Improved Financial Health
Bangladesh is the world’s second largest garment exporter, with the ready-made garment (RMG) sector accounting for over 83% of the country’s exports and contributing approximately 16% to the GDP. This industry encompasses more than 4 000 RMG factories and provides employment to approximately 4.2 million workers of which almost 60% are women. Even though the RMG sector plays a pivotal role in Bangladesh’s economy, only 34% of it was integrated into the formal financial system when Swisscontact started to work towards the financial inclusion of RMG workers and their community members in 2016.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable agriculture
Bangladesh Microinsurance Market Development Project (BMMDP) (Surokkha)
The project supports Farming Enterprises (Micro and Small) to improve resilience through using climate-sensitive microinsurance products and services, contributing to food security and inclusive economic growth of Bangladesh.


The Bhomra Stakeholders Workshops Set for Adopting the e-Port Management System
Two back-to-back workshops held on 24 and 25 January 2024 at the Bhomra Land Port, Shatkhira, marked a significant step towards adopting the newly developed e-Port management system. The workshops facilitated crucial dialogue between public and private stakeholders – particularly among port operators and clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents – paving the way for a modernised, transparent, and efficient port operation.
Upskilling and Reskilling
BYETS Project Introduces Digitalisation of Monitoring and Results Measurement System
The BYETS project successfully launched the Management Information System (MIS) and conducted an orientation for all the partners and project staff. 
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Empowering Change: Bhairab Municipality Unveils Women's Corner in Collaboration with PRABRIDDHI
In a significant stride towards gender-responsive services, the municipality of Bhairab proudly inaugurated the 'Women's Corner' on December 13, 2023. Supported by PRABRIDDHI, a local economic development project funded by Switzerland and the Government of Bangladesh, this transformative initiative signifies a collaborative commitment to fostering positive change and empowerment within the community. The stone placard was unveiled by the Mayor of Bhairab, Mr. Iftekhar Hossain Beno; and the Team Leader of PRABRIDDHI, Mr. Markus Ehman. 
Country Director Bangladesh
Mujibul (Cezanne) Hasan

Swisscontact in Bangladesh

For 50 years, Swisscontact has delivered projects throughout Bangladesh, addressing systemic constraints and creating pro-poor market systems in skills and enterprise development. These projects resulted in creating thousands of decent jobs and improved livelihood options, food security, youth and women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion and economic growth. 

Besides, Swisscontact incorporates gender equality and social inclusion, environmental responsibility, and good governance across all its projects as sustainability criteria. The organisation operates from a country office based in Dhaka with five additional field offices and employs over 90 long-term national and international staff. 

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