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
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.
Green cities, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Improved Climate Resilient Public Service Delivery through Local Government Institutions in Water and Solid Waste Management (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 supporting to build the capacity of relevant actors, to improve discourse and promote participatory and democratic decision-making processes.
Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia
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. 
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.
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.


Initial vocational education and training
ASTHA organised a Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Community Paramedic (CP) Course
ASTHA conducted a six-day long Training of Trainers (ToT) with 16 faculty members from six Community Paramedic Training Institutes (CPTIs) in Dhaka. The objective was to enhance the teaching skills of the participants and enable them to train other faculties in their institutions. Gracing the event as the Special Guest, Md. Nasir Uddin, the registrar of Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (BNMC), provided the training’s opening and closing remarks.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
PRABRIDDHI and Policy Exchange Bangladesh Sign MoU to Develop Municipal Competitiveness Index (MCI)
To enhance local economic development, PRABRIDDHI and Policy Exchange Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the Municipal Competitiveness Index (MCI) on 29 May 2024. The agreement was formalised at the Swisscontact Bangladesh office, symbolising a strategic partnership aimed at promoting municipal competitiveness and fostering economic grow’th across Bangladesh.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Bhairab Municipality Spearheads Local Economic Development with One Stop Service Center Launch
Bhairab Municipality, with support from PRABRIDDHI - a local economic development (LED) project jointly funded by the Government of Bangladesh and Switzerland, and implementation assistance from SELISE Digital Platforms, marked a significant milestone towards local economic development with the inauguration of One Stop Service Center (OSSC). Mr. Reto Renggli, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, and Md. Iftekhar Hossain Beno, Mayor of Bhairab Municipality jointly inaugurated the launch of the OSSC at the municipality premises on 26 May 2024. This pioneering initiative promises to streamline administrative processes, enhance accessibility to public services, and foster socio-economic development within the municipality. 
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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