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. 
Jashore Municipality, Bangladesh
Bhairab Municipality, Bangladesh
Shibganj Municipality, Bangladesh
Bogura Municipality, Bangladesh
Dinajpur Municipality, Bangladesh
Kushtia Municipality, Bangladesh
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.


Expected Results by 2025:

  • Benefit 40,000 people through increase of net additional income of CHF 4.5 million
  • Create 45,000 additional labor days
  • Support partner municipalities to generate additional revenue of CHF 500,000 through improved service provision
  • Develop LED toolkit based on the contextualized LED model for Bangladesh and anchor it with suitable national level partner to ensure wider replication of the LED model in future


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
BICI program’s working group members gear up to support BIDA in policy reform 
Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) has hosted the workshop of the seven-part series to ensure the inter-governmental cooperation among its working group members from different Ministries, Divisions, and Agencies under the "Bangladesh Investment Climate Improvement (BICI) Program". The inaugural workshop was held at the Multipurpose Hall of BIDA on Thursday, (February 22, 2024).
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
PRABRIDDHI Project Expands into Cox's Bazar Municipality: Driving Sustainable Economic Development
PRABRIDDHI, a local economic development (LED) project jointly funded by Switzerland and the Government of Bangladesh, has expanded its intervention into Cox’s Bazar municipality in an effort to foster sustainable economic development at a local level. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the project and the municipality for this expansion on Monday (19 February 2024).
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Empowering Change: Bhairab Municipality Unveils Women's Corner in Collaboration with PRABRIDDHI
In a significant stride towards gender-responsive services, the municipality of Bhairab proudly inaugurated the 'Women's Corner' on December 13, 2023. Supported by PRABRIDDHI, a local economic development project funded by Switzerland and the Government of Bangladesh, this transformative initiative signifies a collaborative commitment to fostering positive change and empowerment within the community. The stone placard was unveiled by the Mayor of Bhairab, Mr. Iftekhar Hossain Beno; and the Team Leader of PRABRIDDHI, Mr. Markus Ehman.