Bangladesh

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

Projects

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. 
Bangladesh
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...
Bangladesh
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Skills and Employment Programme in Bangladesh (Sudokkho)
The Skills and Employment Programme Bangladesh (SEP-B) known as Sudokkho stimulates the private sector to deliver skills training sustainably and at scale by supporting:private training service-providers to train skills that match industry-demand and facilitate job placementprivate sector firms to deliver innovative training systems and provide...
Bangladesh
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...
Bangladesh
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,...

News

Bangladesh
13.10.2021
Swisscontact in Bangladesh becomes a member of Switzerland-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SBCCI)
Swisscontact Bangladesh strengthened its partnerships with local and international businesses by becoming the member of SBCCI. 
Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
10.10.2021
Launching Webinar: Supporting Development of Jashore Stitch
These initiatives will expand the customer base and product sales of Jashore stitch and create sustainable income opportunities for the entrepreneurs and the artisans.
Bangladesh
Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion
05.10.2021
Curriculum Development Workshop with Experts for Advanced Welding Training 
Uttoron organised an advanced welding curriculum development workshop with experts at Khulna Shipyard (KSY) 
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. 

Our partners
Swisscontact South Asia has been successfully working with partners below for implementing projects.
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Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Labour market insertion
Katalyst
Improving Business, Improving Lives.

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.

Contact

Swiss­con­tact 
House 28, Road 43, Gulshan 2
Dhaka 1212,  
Bangladesh