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The ILO Office in Bangladesh publishes reports, working papers, brochures and training manuals. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Library in Dhaka. Email

2014

  1. In the corridors of remittance

    11 September 2014

    This study reinforces the existing belief that remittances are an important livelihood strategy for Bangladeshi households. In times of crisis, remittances have played a significant role in people’s survival and recovery. The most recent example comes from the global financial crisis, which began in the latter half of 2007. Bangladesh’s export sectors were affected by this downturn. Labour migration was also affected due to the decrease in the number of jobs available overseas and increasingly strict enforcement of restrictive immigration policies. However, the stock of Bangladeshi migrant workers who stayed in jobs overseas continued remitting money. Indeed, remittances have contributed to higher consumption and certain other benefits such as improved education and health. On the negative side, remittances are also seen as a major element of the speculative price-rise of the assets migrant households like to buy, such as, land. There is, now, a growing interest in improving financial services for better investment of savings from remittances and also in improving remittance management skills of the migrant workers and their households.

  2. Skilling the workforce Labour migration and skills recognition and certification in Bangladesh

    09 September 2014

    Bangladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world and 60.63 per cent (87 million) of its total population lies in the 15-to-49-year-old age bracket. The availability of such a large workforce is surely a demographic dividend for Bangladesh. However, exposed to a complex socio-economic environment with high rates of unemployment and underemployment, poverty, land scarcity, and low wages for low-skilled and skilled workers, a good number of the Bangladeshi people have sought out overseas employment. Demand for cheaper labour and shortages of semi-skilled and low-skilled worker in the destination countries has created opportunities for the overseas employment of Bangladeshi workers.

  3. Skilling the workforce Labour migration and skills recognition and certification in Bangladesh

    03 September 2014

    Bangladesh is one of the largest human resource-rich countries meeting the demands of labour in the international market. It is estimated that between 1976 and 2012 approximately 8,307,749 workers left their home country to work in over 157 countries worldwide. Bangladeshi workers employed overseas contribute an equivalent of 13 per cent of GDP through their remittances. Given such significance of overseas employment, issues of technical and vocational skills and life-skills of the workers are gradually gaining strength in the country. This report provides an overview of the institutional arrangement in respect of technical and vocational skills in Bangladesh as well as brings out the variety of factors recognized to influence preparation of the workers for overseas employment.

  4. Newsletter, January-June, 2014

    18 August 2014

    The fourth Labour Migration Project newsletter highlighting the major achievements of the “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” project in the first half of 2014. This edition of the newsletter carries news on the ongoing recruitment agency code of conduct and classification system; standardization of pre-departure orientation services; data sharing between BMET and the Immigration; External market analysis; and many more.

  5. Promoting cooperation for safe migration and decent work

    02 July 2014

    This publication is based on the "International Regional Seminar on Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work", which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 1 and 2 July 2013 and presents papers on themes such as protection and support services for women and men migrant workers, well-being of the women migrant workers from Bangladesh and regulation of international recruitment. This report also contains collective views of the participants in a report of the proceedings and the Dhaka statement, which was jointly issued by the participants.

  6. Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work

    02 July 2014

    This publication is based on the "International Regional Seminar on Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work", which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 1 and 2 July 2013 and presents papers on themes such as protection and support services for women and men migrant workers, well-being of the women migrant workers from Bangladesh and regulation of international recruitment. This report also contains collective views of the participants in a report of the proceedings and the Dhaka statement, which was jointly issued by the participants.

  7. Labour market transitions of young women and men in Bangladesh

    03 June 2014

    This report presents the highlights of the 2013 School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS) run together with the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics within the framework of the ILO Work4Youth Project.

  8. Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project

    15 May 2014

    The B-SEP Project aims to contribute to the creation of a pool of better trained and qualified workforce in key industry sectors in order to contribute to decent work, sustainable economic development, poverty reduction and social inclusion in Bangladesh.

  9. Fact Sheet- Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector (RMGP) Programme In Bangladesh

    24 April 2014

    Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector (RMGP) Programme In Bangladesh is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, implemented by International Labour Organization and funded by Canada, Kingdom of the Netherlands and the UK Government. The three-and-a-half year initiative will focus on improving RMG factory building safety, workers’ rights and overall working conditions in Bangladesh.

  10. Replication Guide: Learning and Earning: Overcoming low education levels through skills development

    26 January 2014

    This booklet captures something that has not been done before in Bangladesh; integrating people from underprivileged groups into nationally recognised mainstream skills development programmes (including women into non traditional trades) and decent jobs. It captures the cooperation of a leading national non-government training organisation, a government training organisation and a group of committed employers and it lays out, step-by-step, how you can do it.

2013

  1. Rabeya Akhter, a female motorcycle mechanic in Dhaka

    24 December 2013

    First time we have had a female, good outcome so far, quick learner, female worker seems to have better attention, better attendance (almost 90%). Continuous work, concentrated, cooler brain, even-tempered. Hope to get females into parts/store maintenance and supervisory roles.

  2. Newsletter, July-December, 2013

    23 December 2013

    A comprehensive insight and achievements of the “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” project in the second half of 2013. This edition carries news on enactment of The Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013; Mid-Term Evaluation of the project; Intergovernmental Regional seminar on Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work and many more.

  3. Bangladesh National Skills Development Council (NSDC)

    19 December 2013

    The National Skills Development Council (NSDC) is the apex authority on skills in Bangladesh. It is headed by the Prime Minister and is responsible for setting the national skills development agenda. The NSDC provides an important tripartite forum where representatives of government, employers, workers and civil society can work together to provide leadership and clear direction to skills development in Bangladesh.

  4. Improving Productivity

    19 December 2013

    There are many ways to improve productivity. To capture some of the most simple, effective ways to improve productivity no matter where you are or what you do, the ILO continually develops tools for organizations globally. In Bangladesh, three of these tools have been introduced; SCORE (Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises), WISE (Work Improvements in Small Enterprises) and KAB (Know About Business), in addition to the Japanese KAIZEN model.

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