ILO Dhaka Office has a range of programmes and projects as listed below.
1 January 2017 - 31 December 2021
Skills 21 project is a joint initiative of the Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization (ILO), funded by the European Union. The project seeks to increase productivity and employment opportunities through an environmentally conscious, inclusive, demand-driven, and interlinked skills development system responding to the needs of the labour market.
1 January 2016 - 31 December 2020
The project will help the Government of Bangladesh to operationalize policy and legal measures developed by earlier ILO initiatives, including, the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy 2016 and the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013.
Promoting Social Dialogue and Harmonious Industrial Relations in Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry
29 October 2015 - 31 December 2020
The initiative will work to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Sector primarily through improved dialogue between employers and workers, particularly at workplace level.
Developing a National Employment Injury Insurance (EII) Scheme for the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Sector
5 October 2015 - 31 December 2020
This initiative supports the political willingness of the Bangladesh government and social partners to adopt a national employment injury insurance scheme and to set up the public institution required for its implementation.
Improving Labour Law Compliance and Building Sound Labour Practices in the Export Oriented Shrimp Sector in Bangladesh
1 August 2013 - 31 December 2015
The Shrimp project is funded by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and aims to promote better labour law compliance with international labour standards, particularly fundamental principles and rights at work in the export-oriented shrimp sector.
21 June 2015 - 20 April 2017
To improve the capacity of 10 target countries to reduce child labour, including its worst forms. The Bangladesh component of the project is based on the National Child labour Elimination Policy and the National Plan of Action (NPA). Project components are designed to make direct contribution to the implementation of the NPA.
1 January 2014 - 30 June 2017
The RMG Center of Excellence (COE) Project is designed to establish in Bangladesh a replicable model of an industry-driven training and support services Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Ready Made Garment sector. This will implement certified training within the national skills development policy (NSDP) of Bangladesh.
23 April 2014 - 30 June 2017
The Better Work Bangladesh programme (BWB) is a partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), aims to contribute to improving the life of the workers, their families and their communities, and increase the competitiveness of the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh.
8 November 2013 - 31 January 2017
The Improving Fire and General Building Safety in Bangladesh project aims to improve fire and building safety in the Ready Made Garment sector by providing support to the Government of Bangladesh to enhance capacity of the enforcing and implementing agencies.
22 October 2013 - 30 June 2017
Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme In Bangladesh is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, implemented by International Labour Organization and funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the UK. The three-and-a-half year initiative focuses on improving RMG factory building safety, workers’ rights and overall working conditions in Bangladesh.
1 July 2013 - 31 December 2018
A Sustainability Compact to promote continuous improvements in labour rights and factory safety in the Ready Made Garment and Knitwear Industry in Bangladesh was launched on 8 July 2013.
1 June 2013 - 31 December 2015
The FRLR project aims to promote better compliance with the international labour standards, particularly fundamental principles and rights at work in the ready-made garments, shrimp processing, and shoe and leather sectors. The project has been built on recently intensified works by ILO in Bangladesh in areas of: promotion of labour rights; supporting dialogue between employers, workers and the government; labour compliance; freedom of association, and collective bargaining.
27 March 2013 - 31 December 2018
The Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) funded by the Government of Canada and executed by the International Labor Organization with support from the GoB. The project aims to accelerate the current efforts being undertaken by other organizations, donors and government to make skills in Bangladesh nationally recognized, accessible to all, higher quality and directly linked to jobs.
1 March 2013 - 30 April 2018
The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE), The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), National Coordination Council for Workers’ Education (NCCWE) and Association of Recruiting Agents, other government ministries, departments, national and international NGOs and International trade unions as appropriate for achieving the project outputs.
1 December 2012 - 30 June 2015
The Promotion of Green Livelihoods for Threatened Ecological Areas Project focused on green livelihood skills training for targeted households to promote sustainable rural livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and to reduce dependency on critically endangered aquatic ecosystem.
1 January 2012 - 31 December 2016
The informal economy in South Asia is estimated to stand at 80 to 90 percent of the labour force. These include wage labourers, self-employed persons, unpaid family labour, piece-rate workers, and other hired labour. The huge scale of vulnerable employment presents a challenge to stable and sustainable development. This sub-regional project contributes to employment policies that facilitate accelerated expansion of the formal sector. The project seeks to emphasize knowledge management so as to fill the large knowledge gap in policymaking and to embrace the proven ILO strategy of participatory dialogue.
1 November 2011 - 30 June 2013
Better Work is a partnership programme between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that aims to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in global supply chains, in particular in labour intensive industries.
1 October 2011 - 30 June 2015
The project aims to address specific challenges faced by workers’ and employers’ organizations by building local capacity in relation to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The project supports the Government of Bangladesh with legislative and policy initiatives to support full-fledged compliance with international labour standards.
1 July 2012 - 30 October 2015
The “Promoting Decent Work thorough Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” project was initiated on a request from the Government of Bangladesh to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to assist the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) and the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) to improve the overall management of labour migration and to ensure protection and decent employment conditions to the Bangladeshi migrant workers.
Completion of the Opening Phase of the project “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh”
1 July - 31 December 2010
Following the “Regional Symposium on Deployment of Workers Overseas : A Shared Responsibility” organized by ILO Country Office for Bangladesh and on the request of the Government of Bangladesh, the ILO in cooperation with IOM and UNWOMEN formulated a technical cooperation project entitled “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh”. As a prelude to that main project, and as per request of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the funding agency, an opening-phase of the project was implemented during the period July-December, 2010. This opening phase was intended to initiate the project’s start up activities as a basis for more systematic interventions during the implementation stage of the main project that is expected to start in 2011.