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
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
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...
Bangladesh
Initial vocational education and training
High-quality healthcare services in rural areas
Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access (ASTHA) aims at contributing to the development and expansion of sustainable and high-quality healthcare at the community level by training young adults (50% women) from seven rural districts as skilled health workers. The ASTHA-project will improve the health and living conditions of the local...
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, Uganda, Cambodia
Trade facilitation
Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
The initiative aims to design and deliver projects that will help implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), thus making international trade simpler, faster and more cost-effective. By establishing public-private dialogues, the Alliance brings together governments and businesses as equal partners to identify trade reform opportunities that respond directly to business needs.

News

Bangladesh
07.04.2021
Creating responsible workforce with better understanding of health and safety at work
Organisations can become more effective and productive if they have a safe and healthy work environment. This video of Uttoron project explains occupational health and safety requirements in Bengali with English subtitles.
Bangladesh
01.04.2021
Uttoron signs agreement with Tony Khan Hotel Management Institute
Uttoron signed an agreement with Tony Khan Hotel Management Institute (TKHMI) on 31 March 2021 for providing training on the housekeeping trade at Sylhet. 
Bangladesh
28.03.2021
Uttoron organizes Competency Standard workshop with industry experts
Uttoron project organized a workshop in collaboration with RMG Industry Skills Council (RTISC) and Bangladesh Garment Accessories Packaging Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA) on 27 March 2021.
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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Bangladesh
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 Bangladesh
House 19, Road 11 
Barid­hara 
Dhaka 1212