Bangladesh

With a focus on gender equality, civic accountability, and social cohesion, our Bangladesh office encourages innovation in tackling community challenges, building leadership capacity that reflects the country’s diversity, and facilitating broad-based participation in the country’s development.

Sara Taylor,
Country Representative

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Contact

The Asia Foundation – Bangladesh

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

Tel: + 880 (2) 984-6941
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.

 

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.

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.

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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