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


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.
Upskilling and reskilling
Sarathi – Progress through Financial Inclusion
Bangladesh is one of the world’s largest garment exporters, with the RMG sector accounting for over 80 percent of the country’s exports and contributing more than 11% to the GDP. The garment industry employs between four to five million workers. Many RMG factories still pay their workers in cash who therefore fall outside the purview of formal financial institutions.
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...


Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
NSDA Executive Chairman appreciated Uttoron Advanced Welding training initiative
The Uttoron team informed Mr. Saha regarding the internationally standardised advanced welding training initiative currently in partnership with Khulna Shipyard. The international certification authority Bureau Veritas (BV) will certify the first-of-its-kind training. The honorable Executive Chairman and NSDA experts appreciated this unique initiative of Uttoron. 
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
The first Android-based Soft Skill App in Bangla for the Youth
Uttoron project launched the first android-based Bangla app to develop soft skills of unskilled and semi-skilled youth engaged in the formal job market.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Swiss Ambassador visits the project "Making Markets Work for the Chars" in Gaibandha and Rangpur 
Her Excellency Natalie Chuard, the Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh, paid a three-day long field visit from 19-21 April 2022 to the northern char areas of Bangladesh for witnessing the lives of char-dwellers and the ongoing activities of Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C) project. Chars are hard-to-reach riverine islands formed through cycles of soil erosion and deposition by the river. Thus, households on the chars are deeply challenged by geographic isolation; limited or no access to financial services, education, and healthcare; and susceptible to various natural calamities. 
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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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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