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


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
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...
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.
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...


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
M4C Signs Contract with Aftab Feed Products Limited
A new initiative between M4C and Aftab Feed Products Limited (AFPL), a national-level quality livestock-feed producer was launched on September 18, 2022. The core purpose of this new alliance is to strengthen the supply of quality livestock feed (cattle and poultry feed) for the char markets (Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, and Shariatpur districts) efficiently and sustainably. This agreement will also pave the way to execute a maize procurement plan in the chars to reduce its dependency on the imported maize ingredient.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Chars Development Research Centre (CDRC) Signs MoU Pumpkin Plus Agro Innovation Limited
Pumpkin Plus Agro Innovation Limited, and Chars Development Research Centre (CDRC) of Rural Development Academy (RDA)- Bagura held a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony on September 18, 2022, at Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bagura. Mr. Khalil Ahmed, Director General (Additional Secretary), RDA, Dr. Abdullah Al Mamun, ADG,RDA, Dr. Abdul Majid Pramanik,  Joint Secretary, RDA & PD-M4C; Mr. Nazmul Islam Chowdhury, Innovator & Founding Director, Pumpkin Plus Agro Innovation Limited including RDA Faculty members were among the honourable guests.
Upskilling and reskilling
MoU signed between Sarathi and Guardian Life Insurance Limited 
‘Sarathi- Improving Financial Health’ signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guardian Life Insurance Limited (GLIL) to facilitate access to a customised health and life-embedded insurance product to 18,000 ready-made garments (RMG) workers and their community members within November 2022.
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. 

Our partners
Swisscontact South Asia has been successfully working with partners below for implementing projects.
Internal and Knowledge Sharing Events
Requests for Proposal
We create opportunities
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Labour market insertion
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.


House 28, Road 43, Gulshan 2
Dhaka 1212,