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


Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Uttoron – Skills for better life
Bangladesh has a high rate of unemployment and underemployment in Asia. Rural areas in Bangladesh have the highest number of unemployed youths. The demand for agro-based and conventional jobs decreased and industry and trade-based jobs increased. Uttoron’s adaptive approach for promoting community-based trainings on formal employment and...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Improve Access to Safe Water through Local Entrepreneurship ("Shujola")
The ready-made garments sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the Bangladeshi economy. The influx of workers from rural to urban areas and the high demand for housing in locations close to ready-made garments clusters have resulted in the rapid expansion of unregulated residential communities in urban and peri-urban areas of...
Upskilling and reskilling
Sarathi – Progress through Financial Inclusion
Bangladesh’s RMG sector consists of 45% of the total workforce and contributes to 13% of the total GDP. 90% of the value of salaries are paid in cash and wages form 27% of the total value of payments made in Bangladesh, notable losses are incurred at these factories each year through this inefficient and opaque means of disbursement. Sarathi has...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C)
To reduce vulnerability and increase wellbeing of vulnerable and marginalised char dwellers living in the northern char region of Bangladesh. Chars are riverine land, susceptible to erosion and soil deposition, which remain disconnected from mainland either seasonally or throughout the year. Due to this unique geographical positioning,...
Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia
Trade facilitation
Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth, supporting governments in developing and least-developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. By bringing together governments and businesses of all sizes as equal partners to deliver targeted trade reforms, the Alliance cuts through red tape and end costly delays at borders. 


M4C signs agreement with Renata Animal Health to ensure quality livestock medicines in Chars of Northern Bangladesh
Renata Animal Health Division with support from the Embassy of Switzerland through its Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C) Project implemented by Swisscontact, Dhaka and Rural Development Academy, Bogura have signed a partnership agreement on 20th January 2022 at Renata Head Office. This collaboration will enable Renata to collaboratively extend their Animal Health and Nutrition products to the remotest chars of the Northern districts with facilitation of M4C. This will help to boost availability of quality livestock inputs such as medicines, vaccine, and other supplements for livestock. Also, within the scope of the partnership, capacity of char-based livestock service providers (LSPs) will be developed and ensure that the marginalized char farmers get the services through the LSPs.
ASTHA signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CMED Health Ltd. 
Aiming to breakthrough into technological solutions to improve Community Paramedics (CP) service, Swisscontact’s ASTHA (Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access) project recently signed a MoU with CMED Health Limited ( – a start-up Health-tech company focusing on preventive healthcare. 
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Uttoron: One step towards starting the advanced welding training 
Uttoron project conducted 3-day long Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop at Khulna shipyard on Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBT&A).
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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Between 2000 and 2017, Katalyst has benefitted 4.69 million SMEs and farmers with an income increase in USD 689 million. It is the largest market development project in South Asia.


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