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
PRABRIDDHI hosts a 3-day long capacity development and knowledge exchange workshop on Local Economic Development (LED) with the partner municipalities and key national level stakeholders
PRABRIDDHI organised a 3-day long workshop to develop the capacity of partner municipalities and national level stakeholders on Local Economic Development (LED) at Cox's Bazar on 13th-15th January 2023.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Launching & MoU signing event of Bhairab , PRABRIDDHI
On 7th December 2022, an MoU was signed at a launching event in Bhairab, between Bhairab Paduka Karkhana Malik Somobay Somiti Ltd. and Swisscontact Bangladesh. Through this collaboration, the Swiss-supported PRABRIDDHI-Local Economic Development (LED) project will provide support to the footwear sector of Bhairab. Support will be provided mainly in the areas of digitisation, technology upgradation, market expansion, market linkages, exposure and promotion, quality improvement and sustainable waste management. In the event, mayor, secretary, representatives of the Bhairab municipality, footwear sector, relevant stakeholder organisations, and Swisscontact were present.  
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Entrepreneurial ecosystems
PRABRIDDHI signs contract with IPE, JUST for technical support to the Jashore Light Engineering sector
PRABRIDDHI signed a contract with the Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Jashore University of Science & Technology (JUST), on 24th August 2022 to support the development of the light engineering sector.