Our programs support women’s economic empowerment and policy dialogue on inclusive growth, with the aim of increasing the impact of economic prosperity on poverty reduction. We promote labor rights and access to legal services in the ready-made garments and tea industries, which employ millions of female workers. We encourage innovation and creativity in tackling community challenges, raising civic consciousness, and promoting good governance among young Bangladeshis. Foundation programs also build civil society capacity to promote credible elections, build trust between police and communities, engage religious and secular leaders to advance national development efforts and women’s rights, and create a platform for wider discussions about the rapidly changing socio-political situation in Bangladesh.


Supporting Youth Civic Engagement in Bangladesh

“Youth Civic Engagement” was the theme of the 16th annual International Youth Day. In Bangladesh, where young people make up two-thirds of the total population, and roughly half of young graduates are unemployed, The Asia Foundation is working to involve young people in their nation’s development.

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