Bangladesh has been an active member State of the ILO since 22 June 1972 and has ratified 33 ILO Conventions including seven fundamental conventions. The ILO opened its office in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25 June 1973, and initially started working on expanding income-earning opportunities through labour-based infrastructure development and maintenance. Recent technical cooperation activities have focused on alleviating poverty and creating employment opportunities through technical vocational education and training reform, combating worst forms of child labour, promoting green jobs, improving occupational safety and health standards, and protecting the rights of migrant workers. Since the opening of the office, the ILO together with the Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), and the National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE), has been working towards promoting decent and productive employment opportunities for women and men in Bangladesh. In addition, the ILO cooperates with many other key actors in civil society, academic and research institutions, private sector and media. As part of the UN system in Bangladesh, the ILO supports the Government of Bangladesh in implementing its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Bangladesh Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) was developed in close collaboration with ILO’s tripartite constituents: the Government, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation and National Coordination Committee for Workers Education. It is being implemented for the period 2012-15, focusing on 12 (twelve) key outcomes:
Outcome 1 : Skills development reforms for employability and livelihoods implemented
Outcome 2 : Inclusive growth and productive employment integrated into socio-economic policies
Outcome 3 : Working conditions improved
Outcome 4 : Country takes effective measures to respond and implement CEACR recommendation and including fulfilling its reporting obligations
Outcome 5 : Capacities of labour administration and institutions improved
Outcome 6 : Indigenous and tribal peoples’ rights and access to services strengthened
Outcome 7 : Coverage of social protection improved
Outcome 8 : Worst forms of child labour eliminated
Outcome 9 : Management system of migration strengthened
Outcome 10 : Improved capacity of employers contributes to effective DWCP implementation
Outcome 11 : Improved capacity of workers contributes to effective DWCP implementation
Outcome 12 : Strengthened capacity of member states to ratify and apply international labour standard and to fulfil their reporting obligations
The Bangladesh DWCP contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2006-2020 especially in the areas of Education and Pro-Poor Growth, Social Protection, and Gender Equality and Advancement of Women.