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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...


Initial vocational education and training
ASTHA launches the pilot of e-Learning for Community Paramedics
ASTHA has recently launched the pilot of creating an e-learning platform for prospective Community Paramedics
Business Planning Meeting- M4C conducted at RDA for the year 2022
Swisscontact and Rural Development Academy (RDA) jointly organized “Business Planning Meeting-M4C” at Library Bhaban-RDA on 14th-16th September, 2021. The session was inaugurated by Dr. Abdul Majid, Project Director of M4C and Mr. Abdul Awal, Team Leader of M4C at 3.30 PM on 14th September, 2021. The objective of the meeting was to chalk-out the yearly plans of the project for the year 2022 and also review the Business Plan of the year 2021.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
PRABRIDDHI signing MoU with bKash
To explore avenues in FinTech, digital information and service delivery
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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Swisscontact South Asia has been successfully working with partners below for implementing projects.
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Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Labour market insertion
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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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