Decent work in Bangladesh

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. This DWCP is results oriented, focused and well-coordinated with national policy documents and global development initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It is being implemented for the period 2017-20 focusing on four key priorities and outcomes which will contribute to helping reach the goals and ‘core targets’ of the 7th Five Year Plan (FYP).

Priority 1:    Effective employment policies to enhance employability through skill development including for green growth
Priority 2:    Promotion of safe and clean working environment for all workers and in compliance with core international labour standards
Priority 3:    Promotion of fundamental principles and rights at work through social dialogue and tripartism
Priority 4:    Promotion of social protection for all workers and vulnerable groups including against climate change

Outcomes 1 - Employment and skills

1.1    Bangladesh jobs strategy formulated for skills development and job creation with higher productivity and in green industries especially for young men and women.
1.2    Accessibility of TVET system enhanced in alignment with the National Skills Development Policy (NSDP) especially for women, disadvantaged groups, people with disabilities and ethnic groups and in view of introducing skills in emerging technologies relating to climate resilient green growth.

Outcomes 2 - Compliance

2.1    International labour standards (ILS) especially the eight core conventions are promoted and constituents’ capacity enhanced for their better implementation.
2.2    Implementation of policies, laws and programmes promoted to ensure occupational safety to improve working conditions and ensure a just transition to a climate resilient and green economy through the application of ILO guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all.  

Outcomes 3 - Social dialogue

3.1    Employers’ and Workers’ organizations’ capacity developed to strengthen freedom of association, collective bargaining and sound industrial relations.
3.2    Capacity of labour administration enhanced leading to good governance in the labour market.

Outcomes 4 - Social protection

4.1    Employment injury social protection schemes for select sectors developed and implemented.
4.2    Laws and policies for protection of migrant workers, domestic workers, child labourers and indigenous workers developed and implemented.

The implementation of the DWCP will be based on ‘partnership’ among the tripartite constituents and the ILO Country Office. Current Technical Coordination (TC) projects of ILO as well as some new ones which will be mobilized during the span of the DWCP will play critical roles in achieving the outcomes of the DWCP.