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The Asia Foundation works with government, civil society, community and religious leaders, and the private sector in Bangladesh to address community challenges, build leadership capacity that reflects the country’s diversity, and facilitate broad-based participation in the country’s development.


The Asia Foundation – Bangladesh
House #5, Road #8 Baridhara
Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 (2) 4108-1821 to 26
Fax: +880 (2) 4108-1835
Email: [email protected]

Covid-19 impact on Bangladesh garment industry

Bangladesh’s economy has historically been dependent on the garment industry. The Covid-19 outbreak resulted in Bangladesh losing its position as the world’s second-largest apparel exporter. Previously employing 3.6 million people, the industry’s collapse demonstrates the vulnerabilities of its economy. In 2020, our partnership with H&M Foundation successfully coordinated disaster relief for female garment workers and upskilled workers to adapt and succeed in a shifting economy. In addition, The Asia Foundation conducted a Business Confidence Survey of 300+ local firms to chart the expectations and needs of businesses, helping to guide the country’s future development.

Economic Dialogue on Inclusive Growth program

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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