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


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Innovative business model for clean 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, Labour market insertion
Building Youth Employability through Skills (BYETS)
The Building Youth Employability through Skills (BYETS) project will empower Bangladeshi youth with improved technical, employability and entrepreneurial skills, and connect them to income generating opportunities: jobs and self-employment. BYETS will partner with Training Service Providers (TSPs), government, industry, and employers to create a conducive environment for the targeted youth that would facilitate employment opportunities for them.
Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion, Green cities
Promoting Green Growth in the Ready-Made Garments Sector Through Skills (PROGRESS)
Promoting Green Growth in the Ready-Made Garments Sector Through Skills (PROGRESS) project envisions contributing to the development of an inclusive, environmentally responsible, and competitive RMG sector in Bangladesh that can offer productive, well paid, secured, and decent job opportunities to workers, mostly women, and at the same time, adapt to the evolving needs of the global market in terms of technological advancement and ESG standards. 
Upskilling and reskilling
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. The garment industry consists of more than 4,000 RMG factories and employs between four to five million workers of which almost 60% are women. Even though RMG the sector plays such a pivotal role in the economy of Bangladesh, only 34% of it was included in the formal financial system in 2016 when Swisscontact started to work towards the financial inclusion of RMG workers and their community members.
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Uttoron – Skills for better life
Uttoron strives to create easy access to training through effective Public Private Partnerships (PPP), bring innovation to the national skills sector and develop technical skills of disadvantaged youth through vocational training to ensure their well-being.


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Launching & MoU signing event of Bhairab , PRABRIDDHI
On 7th December 2022, an MoU was signed at a launching event in Bhairab, between Bhairab Paduka Karkhana Malik Somobay Somiti Ltd. and Swisscontact Bangladesh. Through this collaboration, the Swiss-supported PRABRIDDHI-Local Economic Development (LED) project will provide support to the footwear sector of Bhairab. Support will be provided mainly in the areas of digitisation, technology upgradation, market expansion, market linkages, exposure and promotion, quality improvement and sustainable waste management. In the event, mayor, secretary, representatives of the Bhairab municipality, footwear sector, relevant stakeholder organisations, and Swisscontact were present.  
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Upskilling and reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Swisscontact & SWAP join hands to increase RMG workers access to technology
Sarathi- Improving Financial Health, a project co-funded by Swisscontact and MetLife Foundation, signed an MoU with SWAP Bangladesh to increase access to digital financial services through smartphone penetration in the low-income community, particularly RMG workers.]As Bangladesh grows closer to the dream of creating a ‘Digital Bangladesh’, only around 2.5 million ready-made garment (RMG) workers of Bangladesh have been reported to use smartphones, according to a recent baseline study conducted by ‘Sarathi- Improving Financial Health’, the flagship financial inclusion project of Swisscontact Bangladesh. Majority RMG workers continue to use feature phones due to lack of access to affordable smartphones, usability barriers from lack of digital literacy, and not being aware of the benefits of smartphones like access to digital financial solutions (DFS) such as credit, saving, insurance, payment, and social safety net.
Upskilling and reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Sarathi Initiates a Discussion to Foster Financial Solutions for the Low-Income Population of Bangladesh
On 29 November 2022, ‘Sarathi- Improving Financial Health’, a financial inclusion project co-funded by Swisscontact and MetLife Foundation, arranged the ‘Workshop to Accelerate Financial Progress’. Esteemed invitees from the financial and RMG ecosystem of Bangladesh participated in an interactive discussion on ‘Financial Solutions to Foster Economic Resilience of the Low-Income Population of Bangladesh’.
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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