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 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.
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
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,...
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
Bangladesh Microinsurance Market Development Project
The Phase I of BMMDP aims at improving farmers’ well-being, specifically smallholders, through enhanced agricultural productivity and resilience to natural disasters.Smallholder farmers in Bangladesh are extremely vulnerable to weather related risks, the intensity of which increases because of climate change issues. Due to their limited savings...

News

Bangladesh
13.01.2021
DC of Habiganj attends Uttoron’s dialogue 
Uttoron organized a dialogue on, “Need for Skilled Workforce: Challenges and Mitigation strategy”, with the local administration of Habiganj, private sector and NGOs on 11 January 2021 at The Palace Resort, Habiganj.
Bangladesh
13.11.2020
Government approves dedicated drug list for Community Paramedics: A big step towards ensuring quality healthcare in rural Bangladesh
Community Paramedics will now comply to a dedicated drug list for prescription of essential medicines in rural underserved communities of Bangladesh. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of Bangladesh has provided the official approval that allows the use of this list.  
Bangladesh
12.11.2020
Prabriddhi collaborates with RANCON Motor Bikes Limited
Prabriddhi and RANCON Motor Bikes Limited (RMBL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 12, 2020 with the objective to foster the development and competitiveness of the Light Engineering sector in selected municipalities 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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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