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

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

News

Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
18.03.2022
Facilitating partnerships for digital financial services
The PRABRIDDHI project facilitated an agreement between Shibganj municipality and bKash, the leading Mobile Financial Service Provider in Bangladesh, to digitize municipal services.
Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
09.12.2021
Launching event of supporting development of the Light Engineering sector of Jashore 
PRABRIDDHI signs MoUs with Bangladesh Engineering Industry Owners’ Association (BEIOA) and Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST)
Bangladesh
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
29.11.2021
Co-Creation & Design Workshop Series 1:  Supporting development of Jashore Stitch
Thirty women entrepreneurs signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to get involved with different activities related to the development of Jashore Stitch.