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.

Hasan Mazumdar,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – Bangladesh

House #5, Road #8
Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

Tel: + 880 (2) 882-6941 to 44

Economic Dialogue on Inclusive Growth

In spite of Bangladesh’s impressive growth in recent decades, over 40 million people still live below the poverty line. Many question if the growth has been “inclusive” and helped generate large-scale productive employment for the growing number of citizens entering the labor force each year. To increase evidence-based dialogue on inclusive growth, The Asia Foundation and the Overseas Development Institute, with support from the UK Department for International Development, are implementing the Economic Dialogue on Inclusive Growth Program in coordination with the General Economics Division of the Planning Commission. In addition to quarterly workshops, the project will produce six thematic research reports to support specific policy recommendations.

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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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