PRABRIDDHI – Local Economic Development

Bangladesh’s economy has been steadily growing over the last three decades with GDP growth rates above 5% over the last 10 years. Not all regions of Bangladesh however were able to benefit to the same extent from the economic transformation brought by this impressive GDP growth. As decentralization remains an important element of the 7th Five Year Plan (FYP) of the government, new approaches such as Local Economic Development (LED) have entered the sphere of the local government mission. 
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Jashore Municipality, Bangladesh
23.164691
89.205638
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Bhairab Municipality, Bangladesh
24.0555274
90.9802452
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Shibganj Municipality, Bangladesh
24.6837476
88.15719349999999
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Bogura Municipality, Bangladesh
24.8525426
89.3551392
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Dinajpur Municipality, Bangladesh
25.6220038
88.63568599999999
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Kushtia Municipality, Bangladesh
23.9087767
89.12198219999999
Project duration
2020 - 2025
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

The 7th FYP recognizes that the rural development contributes significantly to the economic development of the whole country and supports Bangladesh’s ambition to reach the status of “middle-income” country. In recent years, established and democratically elected Local Government Institutions (LGIs) at union, upzilla and municipal levels have gained weight in national debates on local governance and decentralization. This will support and renew the decentralization process. 

PRABRIDDHI focuses on building the capacity of an urban or rural territory to create a competitive advantage for its enterprises through a broad set of activities and improve the economic well-being of its people and workers. PRABRIDDHI is essentially participatory short-term planning, bottom-up designed, owned and delivered, relying on public-private collaboration with an iterative, transparent and open-ended process.

PRABRIDDHI is funded by SDC and implemented by Swisscontact. It has started a 24-month long pilot or inception phase (originally 18 month long but later extended by 6 months) in August 2018 in two selected municipalities of Bangladesh, Jashore and Shibganj. The objective of the pilot phase was:

  1. To build capacity of municipality level institutions and test the feasibility of the LED process through municipalities;
  2. To design a scale up phase of the project in additional municipalities based on the pilot experiences with a national level anchor.

Results

Results until June 2021

  • The Bangladeshi version of the LED model was tested in the pilot municipalities by building the capacity of the local stakeholders and co-implementing 13 quick-win activities and five longer-term interventions with them.
  • The pilot municipalities and other relevant stakeholders are engaging in the implementation of LED activities by contributing their time, effort, ideas, and funds.
  • New stakeholder platforms for economic development evolved and are driving economic development efforts in the partner municipalities.
  • Local Government Division has been partnered for representing PRABRIDDHI at the national level.
  • Around 2,500 people enjoyed net additional income of BDT 35.5 million or CHF 421 thousand because of the improved business opportunities created through the LED initiatives.
  • Shibganj municipality earned additional revenue of BDT 1,488,000 or CHF 15,800 through digitization of the trade license service and establishment of mango marketplace.

News

Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
10.10.2021
Launching Webinar: Supporting Development of Jashore Stitch
These initiatives will expand the customer base and product sales of Jashore stitch and create sustainable income opportunities for the entrepreneurs and the artisans.
Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
19.09.2021
PRABRIDDHI signing MoU with bKash
To explore avenues in FinTech, digital information and service delivery
Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
19.09.2021
PRABRIDDHI project signing partnership contract with Dew crafts
Establish Jashore Stitch as a brand by highlighting the history, tradition, and ethereal essence of Jashore's hand-embroidered crafts made by the rural women artisans