Bangladesh

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.

Sara Taylor,
Country Representative

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The Asia Foundation – Bangladesh

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

Tel: + 880 (2) 882-6941 to 44
Email: bangladesh.general@asiafoundation.org

 

Increasing Youth Participation

Youth in Bangladesh comprise more than half the population and have significant potential to drive development and influence Bangladesh’s future. There is, however, a lack of understanding of the basic principles of democracy, which contributes to low participation of youth and poor civic consciousness. To address this need, we contributed to a robust youth network to develop leadership skills and engage them on issues and non-party based activities. This 750-member youth network is building a national movement toward a new and positive culture of civic consciousness and authentic participation. We also brought good governance principles into secondary schools and madrassahs and helped organize 10 youth social clubs.

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New Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs

To help improve ICT knowledge and create new opportunities for networking and mentorship among women entrepreneurs, we supported training on using social media sites and e-mail in business for 553 current and potential women business owners.

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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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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, we are implementing the Economic Dialogue on Inclusive Growth Program in coordination with the General Economics Division of the Planning Commission.

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